Police confirm the car found buried at the home in Atherton is a Mercedes

MOST RECENT 21 October at 14.40 The Atherton Police Department released more details Friday afternoon about a car that was filled with concrete bags and buried 4 to 6 feet deep in the yard of a $15 million home on Stockbridge Avenue.

Police said in a news release that the buried vehicle is a “Mercedes Benz and was reported stolen to the Palo Alto Police Department in September 1992.”

The owner is likely deceased, police said, and the department is examining DMV records for more information.

At 11 a.m. today, the department called cadaver dogs back to the scene, where they “made a small alert of possible human remains,” police said. The dogs had made similar indications after the car was discovered by landscapers on Thursday.

Excavation at the site will continue on Friday, and the department is expected to make another announcement at 3 p.m.

No human remains have been found at this time, the department says.

21 October at 8.35 Police are investigating why a car was filled with concrete bags and buried 4 to 5 feet deep in the yard of a $15 million Silicon Valley home.

Landscapers discovered the car while working on a job Thursday morning at a home in Atherton, an affluent enclave about 30 miles south of San Francisco, police said.

The Atherton Police Department said in a news release that it responded to the report at 8:50 a.m. in the 300 block of Stockbridge Avenue.

Cadaver dogs were called to the scene. When the animals “gave a slight notification of possible human remains,” technicians from the San Mateo Crime Lab were contacted to help exhume the vehicle, police said.

The department had not confirmed on Friday morning whether a body had been found in the car.

Police said they suspected someone had buried the car in the ground in the 1990s, before the current homeowner lived there. Large sacks of unused concrete were stuffed into the car, they said.

The Atherton Police Department said the investigation is ongoing and the motive remains unknown. A spokesperson told SFGATE on Friday morning that there have been no updates since the initial report was published on Thursday afternoon.

Atherton, which has a population of about 7,000, is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States, with an average home worth $7.7 million, according to Zillow. The home where the car was discovered last sold for $15 million in March 2020, according to Redfin.

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