California missing family case is investigated as homicide

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

California police find two bodies in burned out cabin while searching for missing couple and their seven-year-old son.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has opened a homicide and arson investigation into a fire that burned down a Benicia family’s Garden Valley cabin last week, sheriff’s officials said Wednesday.Adam Buchanan, 37, Molly McAfee, 36 and their seven-year-old son Gavin left their home in Benicia, California for a trip to their cabin on September 11. The family — Adam Buchanan, his partner Molly McAfee, and their 8-year-old son Gavin — has been missing since Sept. 11, when they headed to the cabin in the 4600 block of state Highway 193 for a weekend trip, according to family attorney Steve Gizzi. Investigators say it was originally reported as a grass fire. “The remains are in such gentle condition, or such a sensitive condition that its taking an extended period of time to get the DNA results back,” said Sgt.

Forensic officers and have still not identified the remains found in the house and police in Benicia and El Dorado are refusing to link the missing people to the discovery. In the following days, they returned with a search warrant and searched the family’s home and Buchanan’s real estate and construction business, seizing one of their vehicles. “We have a family that potentially has lost three of its members and it’s very frustrating,” Gizzi said. “We’re hoping for some resolution and closure.” Copyright © 2015 by Bay City News, Inc. … republication, retransmission or reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited. Sheriff’s officials said the Coroner’s Office has sent samples of the remains to the California Department of Justice for DNA processing in an attempt to identify the individuals.

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