Police excavate a car from the backyard of a California home that was once owned by a criminal
Oct. 22 (UPI) — Police in California have unearthed a Mercedes Benz car found buried on a property formerly owned by a man once convicted of murder and other serious crimes, investigators have confirmed.
The cadaver dogs also detected “a small hint of possible human remains,” although none have been found so far, police in Atherton, Calif. it is stated in the announcement issued late Friday.
Excavation work at a large $15 million estate continues with drones and heavy equipment, police said.
“It could be human remains,” Atherton Police Chief Dan Larsen he told reporters. “They (dogs) can react to blood. They could react to old bones. They could react to human vomit.
“It could be any combination of things that dogs react to,” he said.
A Mercedes convertible was reported stolen to Palo Alto, California police in 1992. It was buried four to five feet deep and found with bags of unused cement inside. Police believe he was buried at some point in the 1990s.
The vehicle was buried before the current homeowner occupied the home, and police believe its owner is deceased.
The 12,000 square foot home was built by Johnny Lew in the early 1990s. Lew, who emigrated from Hong Kong in 1959, was convicted of murder in the 1965 murder of his lover, Karen Gervasi. That the conviction was abolished in 1968 on a technical basis.
He also served three years in prison after found guilty in late 1967 of attempted murder of two men.
In addition, Lew was arrested for insurance fraud in the late 1990s. At the time, he was accused of trying to hire people to sink his $1.2 million yacht. Lew unwittingly hired undercover agents to carry out the plot, which resulted in his arrest.
“My father definitely had emotional issues. This wouldn’t surprise me, just based on how erratic my father was,” Lew’s daughter Jacq Searle told San Francisco Chronicle in an interview.
Police have declined to make a connection between Lew and the car as the investigation continues.
Lew died of lung cancer in 2015 while living in Washington state.
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