Rancho Palos Verdes is one of the most elite communities in the Unites States, and it's certainly a place where murder is quite foreign.
Not today, it would appear: Sheriff's deputies responded to a home in the upscale community only to find a body in a smoldering SUV that had just burned up:
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says in a statement that it deputies responded to a home in the 30100 block of Miraleste Drive at 3:54 p.m. today "to investigate the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death of a person."
A subsequent statement says cops went to a "vehicle fire call" and found the body. The situation was first reported at 2:30 p.m., deputies stated:
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The identity, age, and gender of the body will be determined by the Coroner's office at a later time.
Overhead news footage of the residence showed what appears to be a burned out Chevrolet Blazer.
Homicide detectives were on the case.
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In 2009 prominent attorney Jeffrey Tidus was found fatally shot in his own driveway in nearby Rolling Hills Estates. That murder remains unsolved.
[Update at 3:42 p.m. Wednesday]: The sheriff's department today identified the dead man as 42-year-old Christopher Waters of the Long Beach "area."
Cause of death was still under investigation.