Investigators have found personal items of fugitive ex-police officer Christopher Dorner inside the rubble of the burned cabin where they found human remains, those in law enforcement with knowledge of the case said.
But authorities cautioned they will only identify the body once a forensic identification is complete.
If the body is identified as Dorner’s, the standoff would end a weeklong manhunt for the ex-LAPD officer and Navy Reserve lieutenant suspected in a string of shootings following his firing by the Los Angeles Police Department several years ago. Four people have died in the case, allegedly at Dorner’s hands.
Beck said he would not consider the manhunt over until the body was identified as Dorner. Police remained on tactical alert and were conducting themselves as if nothing had changed in the case, officials said.