SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — A vehicle was found buried in the ground of an Atherton home Thursday morning, according to the Atherton Police Department. Police received calls at 8:50 a.m. after landscapers discovered the buried vehicle while working on a project at a private home.
Police used cadaver dogs that were brought onto the scene in the 300 block of Stockbridge Avenue. The dogs indicated that there is a possibility of human remains being buried at the residence.
As of Friday afternoon, no human remains have been found at the scene.
“The majority of the top of the vehicle has been uncovered but the interior of the vehicle was also filled with dirt,” said Atherton PD officer Dan Larson. “So they’re kind of working their way through that but because of the unknown nature of it they have go through it slowly and methodically as they continue the investigation.”
The vehicle was buried sometime in the 1990s, according to police. It was buried approximately 4-5 feet into the ground. Police also found unused bags of cement throughout the vehicle.
It was later determined that the car was a stolen Mercedes-Benz, according to a press release Friday by the Atherton Police Department. It was reported stolen by the Palo Alto Police Department in September 1992.
The possible owner of the Mercedes-Benz is believed to be deceased, police said. The car was buried before the current homeowner occupied the home.
Drone video gives new view of scene
New drone video shot by KRON4 shows police tape surrounding the scene. Part of the car is visible from the ground while the other half is still buried. The video also shows there is a swimming pool at the residence.
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The multi-million dollar home was last sold in 2020 for $15 million and was built in 1994. The home is located on a 1.63-acre lot. While KRON4 was on the scene, several law enforcement vehicles were seen entering the property, including a mobile forensics laboratory.
Atherton police said they are still deciding whether to conduct a criminal or non-criminal investigation. With the exception of a major discovery,