Bizarre details are slowly trickling out of an investigation into six people found dead in a remote part of the California desert.
San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokesperson Mara Rodriguez told reporters that police were initially called at about 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday for a wellness check to an area off of Highway 395. They initially found five people dead and then discovered a sixth person by morning.
Police have not divulged the identities of the deceased people or said when they died or how they died. They are investigating the incident as a homicide.
“We have not confirmed the sex or the age of any of the decedents at this point,” said Rodriguez.
The scene was described as being in the city of El Mirage in the Mojave Desert about 20 miles east of Victorville.
“It’s going to be heartbreaking no matter what the situation is, what they discover as far as the circumstances surrounding it,” Rodriguez continued. “Our investigators will continue to do their best to wrap this up quickly and get all the information possible to bring justice to those folks out there.”
KABC-TV reported that a blue minivan was being investigated by police as well as a bullet-riddled dark blue SUV. Footage from their helicopter also showed bodies charred after apparently being lit on fire, according to KABC.
Rodriguez said the remote location made the investigation difficult and they had to call in help from the California Highway Patrol’s Aviation Division just to find the scene.
“It’ll be several hours still before we are ready for any body to be removed from the scene,” she said.
“It is incredibly desolate. I cannot bring home that point enough,” said reporter Annie Rose Ramos of KTLA-TV.
El Mirage is an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County in the Victor Valley region of the Mojave Desert.
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