A car containing unused bags of concrete has been discovered buried in the yard of a 1.63-acre estate in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Landscapers found it at an Atherton home worth $15 million and police are investigating.
On Thursday, Atherton Police Department issued a press release that said cadaver dogs indicated the possibility of human remains, but none have been found. Technicians from the San Mateo Crime Lab were called to the scene.
The car is a Mercedes-Benz, the release said. It had been reported stolen in 1992.
The vehicle was about 5 feet underground and may have been buried in the 1990s, according to the police. It was there before the current occupants — who said they were unaware of the buried car — bought the property in 2020. The prior homeowners had bought it in 2014 for $7.3 million, according to Redfin.
Before that, the house belonged to Johnny Bocktune Lew, who lived there with his family in the 1990s. Police have not mentioned a connection between Lew and the buried vehicle.
Lew’s daughter, Jacq Searle, told the San Francisco Chronicle that her father built the house and that she was shocked to learn of the car. She described a dysfunctional family life at the property.
“My father definitely had emotional issues,” theburied-car-Home-s-former-owner-has-17525310.php” Chronicle quoted her as saying. “This wouldn’t surprise me, just based on how sketchy my father was.”
According to court documents, Lew moved to the U.S. from Hong Kong in 1959, marrying his first cousin two years later. They lived in San Francisco, followed by Los Angeles County where, in 1964, he met Karen Gervasi while attending El Camino Junior College.
Lew and the young woman had a romantic relationship, despite Lew being married. In 1965, Gervasi died from a