San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
Press Release

DATE/TIME: October 19, 2017 7:19 p.m.
INCIDENT: Death Investigation
LOCATION: Highland Drive / Scenic View Drive, Crestline
VICTIM: Unidentified adult female

Summary
UPDATE:
On Friday, October 20, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Coroner Investigators recovered the body of an adult female that was buried by the collapsed cave. The Coroner will attempt to identify the female and conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station (909) 336-0600. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Website at www.wetip.com.

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DATE/TIME: October 19, 2017 7:19 p.m.

INCIDENT: Death Investigation

LOCATION: Highland Drive / Scenic View Drive, Crestline

VICTIM: Unidentified adult female

SUMMARY:

On Thursday, October 19, 2017 at approximately 7:19 p.m., deputies from the Twin Peaks Station responded to the area of Highland Drive and Scenic View Drive in the community of Crestline for a death investigation. The San Bernardino County Fire Department received information from an unknown female that a human hand was sticking out of the ground near an old glass bottle dump. The female showed fire personnel where she saw the hand. After directing the fire department to the location, the female left the scene.

Twin Peaks deputies arrived on scene at approximately 7:30 pm. and observed a small cave dug into the hillside. After looking inside of the cave, deputies saw what appeared to be a human hand sticking out from the dirt. The coroner’s office was notified of the discovery and responded to the scene. Although the circumstances surrounding the person’s death is still under investigation, it appears a portion of the cave collapsed and buried the subject. Due to the possibility of the cave further collapsing on investigators, a specialized recovery effort will take place to remove the body. Deputies and coroner Investigators have not been able to identify the deceased, however they believe the subject is of Caucasian or Hispanic descent. Investigators uncovered a portion of the subject’s body and were able to see a white plaid style shirt and blue jeans along with a baseball cap.

Deputies would like to speak to the woman who made the discovery in order to obtain additional information.

Anyone with information about the case is also urged to contact the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station (909) 336-0600. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Website at www.wetip.com.

Refer: Deputy Brian Butts or Public Information Officer Gil Flores
Station: Twin Peaks
Case #: 051701747
Phone No. 909-336-0600

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department
Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division
655 E. Third Street
San Bernardino, California 92415-0061
Telephone: (909) 387-3700