Photos of fired LAPD officer Christopher Dorner are seen at a press conference regarding the full-scale manhunt for Dorner, a dismissed officer believed to have killed three people including another cop. Christopher Jordan Dorner had posted a chilling online warning about 'terminating' the life of a collegue he blamed for his dismissal, and threatening other police and their families. (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
The burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Thursday.
Spokeswoman Jodi Miller said Dorner's dental records were used to make the identification.
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. -- The owners of a cabin where fugitive Christopher Dorner is believed to have hidden out before making a getaway dash say they discovered Dorner when they visited their unoccupied apartment unit.
Jim and Karen Reynolds told reporters here Wednesday night that it was not two housekeepers, as widely reported, but they who discovered Dorner Tuesday morning in the unit where he had taken refuge.
"We happened to walk in on him,'' Karen Reynolds said. "He tried to calm us down, saying very frequently he would not kill us.''
The couple said Dorner tied them up, put washcloths in their mouths, used a cord to tie pillowcases over their heads and told them to keep quiet while he fled in their car. They said after he had been gone about a minute, they broke free and were able to contact authorities.
"You could tell he was professionally trained," Karen Reynolds said of Dorner, 33, who was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2009.