Mystery as landscapers find car filled with sacks of concrete BURIED in $15M backyard. mansion in mega-wealthy Silicon Valley city: Cadaver dogs ‘indicate possible human remains’ in decades-old vehicle as its registered owner is investigated

  • The car was discovered yesterday morning 5 feet underground by landscapers in Atherton, near Silicon Valley
  • The car is believed to have been buried in the 1990s and its owner is being investigated
  • The current home owner, who bought the home in 2020, had no idea the car was buried in their property
  • Atherton is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the United States with a median household income of $450,000

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A car filled with bags of concrete has been discovered buried in the backyard of a multimillion-dollar Silicon Valley mansion, puzzling police.

Landscapers working on the $15 million luxury home uncovered the car 5 feet deep in the ground yesterday morning in Atherton, San Mateo County, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country.

Police believe the car was buried in the 1990s when it belonged to previous owners.

The current homeowner, who bought the home in 2020, was unaware the car was in the ground, and the vehicle’s registered owner is being investigated, although their identity has not been released.

Cadaver dogs alerted to the presence of possible human remains, but none had been found more than 12 hours after the car was recovered, according to Atherton Police Chief Daniel Larsen.

Police have been stunned by the discovery of a car filled with sacks of concrete buried in the yard of a multi-million dollar California mansion

Landscapers working on the $15 million luxury home uncovered the car 5 feet deep in the ground yesterday morning

The car was found in the house (pictured) in Atherton in Silicon Valley, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country

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The unused bags of concrete were placed throughout the vehicle, even though it was covered in dirt over the roof, he said.

The 1.63-acre property includes the 12,000-square-foot home and was purchased in 2020 by its current owners for $15 million.

The mansion was built in 1990 and sold in 2014 for $7.3 million.

It has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms and has a private pool, and was listed for rent before the 2014 sale.

Atherton resident Athena Ogawa said NBC Bay Area: ‘It’s a mystery in my own neighborhood.’

Multiple squad cars, SUVs and firefighters arrived to assist at the potential crime scene.

Police believe the car was buried in the 1990s when it belonged to previous owners

The unused bags of concrete were placed all over the vehicle, even though it was covered in dirt above the roof

The 1.63-acre property includes the 12,000-square-foot home and was purchased in 2020 by its current owners for $15 million

Neighbor Peter Sun said of the exclusive town: ‘It’s a bit strange. But usually it’s pretty safe and it’s like everyone’s doing their own thing.’

Atherton was ranked as the highest income per resident of any city in the United States with a population between 2,500 and 9,999, and is one of the most expensive zip codes in the country.

The average house price is about $7.5 million, and locals strongly oppose any new construction, allowing only one single-family home per square meter. acres and no sidewalks to deliberately keep the neighborhood exclusive and affluent.

Among its current and former residents are Paul Allen, the late co-founder of Microsoft, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Theranos fraudster Elizabeth Holmes, Facebook executives Nick Clegg and Sheryl Sandberg, and NBA star Stephen Curry.

Multiple squad cars, SUVs and firefighters arrived to assist at the potential crime scene

Atherton was ranked as the highest income per resident of any city in the United States with a population between 2,500 and 9,999

The median household income in the idyllic city of San Francisco is $450,000.

Its proximity to Silicon Valley tech firms is a big draw for entrepreneurs, just 20 minutes from the headquarters of Facebook, Google and Tesla.

Residents value their privacy, with impressive fences or landscaping obscuring the view of the houses from the street.

There are no shops or restaurants in town, with locals having to drive to Menlo Park instead.