Police: Can't confirm body is Dorner's, but manhunt is done
February 13th, 2013
07:41 PM ET

Police: Can't confirm body is Dorner's, but manhunt is done

[Updated at 7:41 p.m. ET] San Berardino County Sheriff John McMahon says he can't positively confirm that a body found yesterday after a massive manhunt in California is that of murder suspect Christopher Dorner, but investigators believe the body is his, and the search is over.

"We’re not currently involved in a manhunt,” McMahon told reporters at a news conference Thursday.

The county coroner's division is working to positively identify the body, which authorities recovered from a cabin after officers stormed it following a shootout Wednesday afternoon in the San Bernardino National Forest.

McMahon also said that officers did not intentionally set the cabin on fire. McMahon said officers toward the end of the standoff fired pyrotechnic tear gas canisters into the structure, which then caught fire, but the fire "was not on purpose."

"We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out," McMahon said.

[Updated at 11:14 a.m. ET] Los Angeles police will not "speculate at this point" whether the body found after a massive manhunt in California is murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, Police Lt. Andy Neiman told reporters Wednesday.

[Posted at 11:08 a.m. ET] The murder investigation targeting Christopher Jordan Dorner continues, but the Los Angeles Police Department has returned to a normal state of operations since Tuesday night, police spokesman said.

That's when police stormed a cabin where Dorner is thought to have died. Dorner is an ex-LA cop who vowed to kill police officers to avenge what he called an unfair termination.

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  1. Bubba

    The body is burned beyond recognition, but we found his drivers license. It was fireproof.

    February 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. 1608®

    makes sense to me, we don't known if it's him but the hunt is over.

    February 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Scottish Mama

    I guess I have my answer, the police set the fire and burned him to death. Toward the end of the standoff, just wonder if Dorner knew it was the "end" of the stand off? How long is a stand off last? Live by the sword die by fire?

    February 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. CatieSF

    Glad they got him. Tired of people sympathizing with someone out to kill because they were allegedly wrongly fired. So now everytime someone is fired, we have to worry they're gonna go around shooting people? and get sympathy?

    February 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • 1608

      it's not the first time someone has killed after being fired.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    dang...lapd fired this guy twice...

    February 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tony

      OK, that was funny. Once they fired the tear gas, his goose was cooked

      February 14, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Basil Wrathbone

    Notice how nobody is saying anything about the criteria used to hire police officers? And you probably never will, either.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. chrissy

    The truly ironic thing is several days ago the LAPD said they found his wallet with his license near some boats. Did they just leave it there for him to retrieve later??? Sounds like they dont know fact from fiction.

    February 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Somebody else burned, probably still running.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. chrissy

    Thats exactly what i think too @ Jeff Frank. And at this point im having some doubts that he ever murdered anyone either!

    February 13, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Dan Jones

    Watching Anderson right now. Wish he would ask, or check out the following. I believe I heard yesterday that the police(or someone) had found his billfold either in a vehicle or somewhere else, prior to his entering the cabin that burned. Most folks carry their drivers license in their wallet. I then that needs to be checked out if I'm right about what I heard on CNN yesterday. I also heard that someone had been "forced back into the cabin" after the fire had started. I know both statement were made. Just wondering??????

    February 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. chrissy

    @ Dan Jones, i also heard that about the billfold with his license and it was on the first day. They found it near some boats at a marina they said. Thats the trouble with lies if you tell too many you tend to forget the first ones.

    February 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I don't know. he is doing nothing more than leaving a trail of breadcrumbs.by the time they discovered the wallet, he was probably in Mexico smoking dope.

    February 14, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Baker

    At least Dorner Rock LAPD. Yes it is not right to kill anyone but this is the only way he can shake the dept.
    Life is Cause and Effect. Now he can rock these people in spirit.

    February 14, 2013 at 1:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. ronvan

    UNBLEIVEABLE!!! That ANYONE could have sympathy for this guy! As soon as he started "MURDERING" other human beings he lost any sympathy one could give! Now, with that said, YES, there are MANY questions that need to be answered. The LAPD has a less than stellar history of problems. AND, what is this garbage that "we will investigate ourselves"? YEAH, RIGHT, and if we find anything wrong, WE, will let you know! I have not heard about this wallet story, but, that would be a MAJOR, question for me! If accurate HOW would a wallet, his, be found at a marina, YET, turn up at the cabin? And did you see the "briefing"? What a joke! They KNEW that many questions would be asked, AND, I can understand the usual reply, "we can't comment about an ongoing investigation" but they really didn't answer anything! Is it because they need to get their stories straight? Come up with a viable, excuse, as to why they burned the cabin to the ground? Wonder how much it cost the taxpayer to have ALL these "chiefs" from different counties/cities show up, just to say NOTHING? For me, this one, NEEDS "outside" investigation to get alot of answers!

    February 14, 2013 at 9:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Ms.Marquorts fav. Studen

    Hes dead

    February 14, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
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