ATHERTON, CALIFORNIA (AP) – Police are digging into why someone buried a car in the yard of a multi-million dollar Northern California home in the 1990s and left unused bags of concrete inside.
The car was discovered on Thursday morning by landscapers in the affluent town of Atherton in Silicon Valley, police said in a news release.
Cadaver dogs alerted to possible human remains, but none had been found more than 12 hours after the car was recovered, according to Atherton Police Commander Daniel Larsen.
Police believe the car was buried 1.2 to 1.5 metres deep in the 1990s – before the current owners bought the home – but Larsen would not say what led detectives to that conclusion.
The unused bags of concrete were placed throughout the vehicle, though it was blanketted by dirt over the roof, he said.
The sprawling home and property is valued at USD15 million, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. Larsen said the current homeowners were not under investigation.
Atherton is one of the wealthiest towns in the United States (US), with about 7,000 residents within its nearly 13 square kilometres.