Remains found in burning vehicle

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office press release

At approximately 8:00pm Friday night Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified of a fire (visible from Highway 395) south of Manzanar Reward Mine.

Responding agencies discovered a vehicle on an unpaved and remote road, later determined to be a late model convertible Ford Mustang, fully engulfed in flames.

As the fire was being extinguished, severely charred remains of a body were seen in the passenger side of the vehicle.

Based on the preliminary investigation, this case is being handled as a possible homicide. Inyo County Sheriff’s Office is working with Eastern Sierra Arson Taskforce and the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office.

Due to the severity of the fire there is no positive identification of the remains or the vehicle at this time. The remains are in the process of being transported to Orange County Coroner’s Office.

We are asking for the public’s assistance. If anyone has any information that could assist in this investigation, please call 760-878-0383.

Updates will be released as they become available.

*Responding agencies: CalFIRE, Forest Service, Independence Volunteer Fire Department, Inyo Sheriff, and CHP.

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13 Responses to Remains found in burning vehicle

  1. The facts September 13, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

    I don’t think anyone realizes how many people are addicted to heroin and meth in this town anymore? Especially our young adults. Im aware of the city life I was raised there , moved here to get away from high crime and which in the past four years has picked up drastically, my neighbors house was broke into the other day in broad daylight, when u use to be able leave doors unlocked in this beautiful town….oh I’m sorry u don’t think we have gangs here? Maybe not like in the city but there are …wake up …this town is not the same and is getting worse period!

  2. Low Inyo September 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    The facts….What your saying ISN’T the facts…..very small drug problem around here….and where it is,we all should know to avoid those areas at all costs,which is easy to do….if you think it’s bad here,go down south to Lancaster,Palmdale….or head out of state and up to Oregon and see what it’s like…and,in the Antelope Valley south and up in Oregon,dangerous drug users and dealers….here in Inyo, harmless,goofy tweekers and lazy pot heads…..unless you choose to go to the bad areas….

  3. The facts September 13, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    True ! happy heaven? Not! Try drug infested and unsafe for years now….

    • sugarmags September 13, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

      seriously dude? We live in one of the safest places in California and probably the US too. We have so little violent crime, we don’t even realize it. No place is going to have zero crime, or even violent crime, but we’re damn blessed to have as little as we do.

      • Low Inyo September 13, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

        sugarmags….It’s probably just one of those people,in this election year,seeing things in the U.S. of A. as totally out of control with crime and violence the past 7 1/2 years,to where we should be afraid to walk out of our front doors in the morning,in fear of being shot,mugged,car-jacked….or worse….and waiting on the white knight with the orange face to come riding in to save the day on November 8th.

    • Trouble September 13, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

      The facts, be fair. You may be partly correct about the drug problems , but compared to most other places I have been, this is really a great place to safely raise a kid. How many counties can report zero gang violence?

  4. Richard September 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    Our bit of heaven seems to be vanishing. Tears for the person lost and the family. So sad.

    • Gary September 13, 2016 at 5:10 am #

      Bit of Heaven .
      It never was , You either choose to live in the real world.
      Or a Happy Happy BUBBLE.

  5. UnPC September 11, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

    Can’t believe they would do that to a classic Mustang.

    • sugarmags September 12, 2016 at 8:28 am #

      a late model car is a new car….as in ‘latest’ model. Something that is commonly driven by tourists in our area.

      I guess could work if you wanted to kill someone, if you got them to rent the car in their name, then killed them in that car, there would be no way to trace you.

      Other possibilities exists, hopefully time will tell as to what happened here. Sad either way.

      • Mono Person September 12, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

        Somebody is watching too much ID Channel…

    • Charles O. Jones September 12, 2016 at 9:00 am #

      I hope you crack yourself up with your weak attempt at tasteless humor. I doubt you’d find it amusing if it were your family member in that car. Oh, and “late mode”l doesn’t qualify as a classic.

    • Nes Lessman September 12, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

      UnPC…”If you laugh when a hearse goes by You may be the next to Die”


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