Sheriff Confirms: Body Was Dorner's

Dental records prove fugitive was killed in cabin showdown

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 14, 2013 6:09 PM CST | Updated Feb 14, 2013 6:24 PM CST

(Newser) – Officials say burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner. A spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County sheriff's office said Dorner's dental records proved to be a match. She did not give a cause of death. The outcome wasn't much in doubt, but it still brings some closure to the spree that saw Dorner kill four people as he waged a vendetta against the LAPD.

The manhunt brought police to Big Bear Lake, 80 miles east of Los Angeles, where they found Dorner's burned-out pickup truck abandoned. His footprints disappeared on frozen soil and hundreds of officers who searched the area and checked out each building failed to find him. Five days later, but just a stone's throw from a command post authorities had set up, Karen and Jim Reynolds said they came face to face with Dorner inside their cabin-style condo. The couple said Dorner bound them and put pillowcases on their heads. At one point, he explained that he had been there for days. Police have not commented on the Reynolds' account, but it renews questions about the thoroughness of the search.

Members of the news media are shown outside a home, at left, in Big Bear, Calif., where the owners of the cabin were taken hostage by fugitive Christopher Dorner.
Members of the news media are shown outside a home, at left, in Big Bear, Calif., where the owners of the cabin were taken hostage by fugitive Christopher Dorner.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
In this aerial photo, law enforcement authorities investigate the burned-out cabin near Big Bear, Calif.
In this aerial photo, law enforcement authorities investigate the burned-out cabin near Big Bear, Calif.   (AP Photo/The Sun, John Valenzuela)
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