Dorner Cabin Owner: Burned Human Remains Still A Mystery [PHOTOS]
Dorner cabin owner Candy Martin spoke with NBC Los Angeles about the loss of her family's vacation home. She owned the cabin that famously burned down to the ground after fugitive Christopher Dorner had a stand-off with police gunfire.
Authorities said that Dorner had launched a deadly revenge campaign against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing, warning that he would bring "warfare" to LAPD officers and their families. The highly publicized manhunt climaxed at the cabin owner Candy Martin's vacation home in Big Bear Lake, Calif.
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During the shootout, which cabin owner Martin watched on television, one law enforcement official was shot dead and another was seriously wounded. The exact cause of the fire is unknown at this juncture.
However, the remains of a body were found inside the cabin owner's vacation home.
The body was recently confirmed to be the remains of Christopher Dorner. The cause of death is still unclear. It could have been caused by the gunfire of the law enforcement officials, or it could have been suicide. There was reportedly a single gunshot heard right before the cabin went up in smoke.
Yet another theory is that Christopher Dorner died because of the flames that engulfed the cabin.
The Dorner cabin owner bought the cabin just over 10 years ago in 2002. That cabin wasn't the only one she bought, she also purchased several others.
However, the cabin that Christopher Dorner allegedly burned to the ground was the main one in which her family stayed while on vacation. The home, when purchased, was 85 years old -- dating back to the late 1920s.
The property had sentimental value to the owner. Candy Martin was sitting down for an episode of "Walking Dead" when she saw the news coverage of the shootout and realized it was taking place at her property.
"That was heart-wrenching to see ... the fire. I just started crying. I couldn't talk at that point," the Dorner cabin owner told NBC.
Candy Martin, Dorner cabin owner, is fortunate. She had just spent time in the cabin over the weekend, but was not there on the day of the Christopher Dorner shoot out. Talk about a narrow escape!
One of the law enforcement officials involved in the Dorner cabin owner's property shootout was not so fortunate.
Jeremiah MacKay, a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy, was fatally shot during the stand-off. He was known for being a boisterous, fun-loving man who was a friend to all.
"He never had anything sad or negative to say," said Yara Alves, owner of Liam's Irish Pub, where MacKay was a regular. "It was as if he never had a bad day."
Dorner also is believed to have killed three other people, including Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain, who was shot in his marked patrol vehicle. Crain was buried Wednesday.
In light of these deaths, Dorner cabin owner Candy Martin is quick to make a statement of empathy.
"I'm not the [worst-off] victim," she said, despite being "distressed and saddened" by the loss of her home. "The worst are the families who lost their loved ones."
According to Real Home Safety, a person may invade a home for the purposes of preparing for a future break-in by assessing belongings and the vulnerability of entry points.
It is unclear if Christopher Dorner scoped out Dorner cabin owner's property before the high-profile incident.
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