UPDATE: Remains Identified as Christopher Dorner

By: The AP
By: The AP

Big Bear, CA (CBS NEWS) -- Sources tell CBS News they believe Christopher Dorner's body is inside a  burned out cabin near Big Bear, California. But, Los Angeles Police say it's still too hot to go inside to confirm his death.

UPDATE: BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner.

San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said Thursday that the identification was made through Dorner's dental records.


UPDATE: An official briefed on the investigation tells The Associated Press that a wallet with a California driver's license with the name Christopher Dorner has been found in the rubble of a cabin.

A charred body was also found inside after a shootout and fire.

Authorities believe the remains are those of the former Los Angeles police officer, but they have not been formally identified.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation and says the charred body and personal items were found in the basement of the burned cabin. The area is in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles.

Two sheriff's deputies were also shot, one fatally. Dorner is also suspected of earlier killing a young couple and a police officer, and wounding two other officers.



AP source: Body found in rubble of burned cabin, conflicting report

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press a charred body has been found in the burned cabin where a fugitive ex-cop is believed to have been in a standoff with sheriff's deputies.

The official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing says the body was found at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Later, a police official in Los Angles said a body had not been found.

Authorities said earlier they believed the man in the cabin was Christopher Dorner. He has been on the run since they say he launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing.

Officials will be looking for identifying marks such as tattoos before confirming the identity.

Police say Dorner killed four people, including a deputy on Tuesday.



BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say a suspect believed to be the fugitive Los Angeles police officer wanted for murder never came outside of a mountain cabin that has burned down.

The structure has burned for hours and hasn't been entered. A source tells the AP that a charred body is in the ruins. But there was a later conflicting report from a police official.

Two deputies were wounded, one fatally, from gunfire that came from the cabin.



LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that the man believed to be fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner never came out of a California mountain cabin engulfed in flames.

The person who requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation said a single gunshot apparently fired inside the cabin was heard just before the fire broke out Tuesday.

Officials were waiting for the fire to burn out before approaching the ruins to search for a body.

Authorities believe Dorner barricaded himself in the cabin after exchanging gunfire with deputies, killing one and wounding another.


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