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Buried Car Removed From Atherton Backyard

A car that was discovered buried in the backyard of an Atherton estate, was removed from the home Saturday.

Sources told NBC Bay Area that police managed to fully excavate the Mercedes convertible earlier Saturday and it was taken at a crime lab, where it’s being scoured for evidence.

NBC Bay Area’s SkyRanger flew over the home Saturday evening, and saw the car was gone and a big hole was all that was left in part of the backyard.

As NBC Bay Area previously reported, a former owner of the home named Johnny Bocktune Lew is believed to have buried the car some 30 years ago after he reported it stolen in 1992.

Police said they still don’t know why it was buried. They said that the cadaver dogs had mild hits when they sniffed the scene, indicating they might have smelled human remains. But so far, they have not found any human remains.

Lew died in 2015 at the age of 77.

Police said the current homeowners had no idea the car was buried there.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.


Source: NBC Bay Area

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