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February 5, 2023

One Found Dead in Burning Car Along Pacific Coast Highway

First responders raced along Pacific Coast Highway, Dec. 14 around 6pm, as flames shot above a car sitting motionless at an oceanside turnout north of Scott Creek in Swanton.

When firefighters and the California Highway Patrol arrived, they found a dead body inside the four-door sedan.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office investigators were dispatched around 6:20pm.

“We do not suspect any foul play or criminal activity surrounding this incident and are waiting for a toxicology report for cause of death,” said Ashley Keehn, the Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, on Monday.

The case is being handled by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner.

Drew Penner
Drew Penner is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose reporting has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Good Times Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, Scotts Valley Press Banner, San Diego Union-Tribune, KCRW and the Vancouver Sun. Please send your Los Gatos and Santa Cruz County news tips to [email protected]


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