A roadster stolen 30 years ago has been found buried in the yard of a California mansion built by a man arrested for murder, attempted murder and insurance fraud.
Landscapers in Silicon Valley found the Mercedes-Benz full of unused concrete bags on Thursday.
Police believe the car was buried 4 or 5 feet deep in the home’s backyard sometime in the 1990s — before the current owner bought the property.
The car was reportedly stolen in nearby Palo Alto in September 1992, Atherton Mayor Rick DeGolia said.
This sprawling home with swimming pool and tennis court was built by Johnny Lou, who spent time in prison in the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1966, he was convicted of the murder of a 21-year-old man in Los Angeles, but the conviction was overturned two years later.
In 1977, he was sentenced to three years in prison on two counts of attempted murder.
In the late 1990s, he reportedly hired undercover police officers to “sail a $1.2 million yacht west of the Golden Gate Bridge into international waters and put it on the seafloor.”
His daughter, Jacq Searle, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the family lived on the property in the 1990s — when Atherton police believed the car was buried — and her father died in Washington state in 2015.
Police Commander Daniel Larsen would not say whether police believe the car was registered in Lou.
No remains were found more than 24 hours after technicians began excavating the car, despite warnings by cadaver dogs on Thursday of the possible presence of human remains.