After 10 long days the dramatic manhunt hunt for Christopher Dorner came to an end yesterday in the San Bernardino Mountains when a vacation cabin Dorner was holed-up in burned to the ground.
Hundreds of rounds were fired during the gun battle that ended when the cabin became engulfed in flames. The Associated Press, citing anonymous law enforcement, reported that a single shot was heard inside the cabin before it was engulfed in flames, but it was unclear how the blaze started. This morning, ABC confirms that a body believed to be that of Chris Dorner has been recovered from the burned out cabin.
A Sad Back-Story of Loss
The owner of the 85 year old cabin, Candy Martin, was watching TV with her daughter when they flipped to the news. Martin was shocked to find that cabin Dorner had holed-up in was hers.
Martin describes the cabin as "a place where my family and I have been up to numerous times over the past seven years, a beautiful place to rest." Martin also said her heart goes out to the family of the deputy who was killed, she understands their loss. Martin also said she was particularly saddened by the complete loss of the family vacation cabin, as it came on top of the loss of her husband last year and the loss of her job last week.
I think everyone who grew up with mountains or who has ever had a cabin in the mountains can feel a twinge of pain at losing something so special and magical, but to lose it in this way and to have one loss piled on top of another makes for a very very sad back-story of loss.