BIG BEAR (CBSLA.com) — As authorities work to positively identify the charred human remains found in a burned-out Big Bear cabin where fugitive Christopher Dorner was believed to be barricaded, there are questions about how thoroughly the area was searched during the extensive manhunt.
Joe Serna, the Inland Empire reporter for the Los Angeles Times, tells KNX he is not sure all of the cabins that officials say they searched were actually inspected.
“As we’ve called people in that immediate area on Club View Drive, a lot of them have said either they weren’t contacted or at least they don’t remember talking to police,” Serna said.
A body believed to be Dorner was found in a burned-out cabin very close to the sheriff’s command post, the base from which authorities conducted what they called a door-to-door search of the area.
“They certainly represented that they were checking some 400 to 600 cabins up there,” Serna said.
A fire erupted at the cabin following a fierce gun battle between authorities and Dorner, who was named a suspect in the murders of an Irvine couple and has been accused of killing a Riverside police officer and a San Bernardino’s Sheriff’s deputy. Dorner’s California driver’s license was found inside the burned cabin with the body.