Reports of a Suspicious Smell 

Leads to Body in a Barrel  



Sunday afternoon, May 3, 2020, travelers in the Big Bear Lake area of Glory Ridge on State Route-18, were overcome by a strong odor that led them to checking out the roadside, of the favorite turn-out. From the Glory Ridge viewpoint, Mt. Gorgornio and many natural beautiful spectacular sights are observed by thousands of travelers, going and coming to the Big Bear Valley, annually.  A closer investigation led them to look over, where they noticed a barrel approximately 60-70 feet down the steep slope. Big Bear Fire Crews responded to a call, with second call to San Bernardino Sheriff - Big Bear Station requesting assistance.

According to Captain Mitch Datillo, Sheriff Deputies, Sheriff Deputies arrived on the scene at 4:00 P.M., to investigate the report of a possible deceased person. The Deputies were hoisted down the mountain-side by Big Bear Fire crew, where they confirmed a deceased male was discovered.  The unidentified body of a male was retrieved and transported to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Corner. 

San Bernardino County Specialized Investigations Division Detectives of the Homicide Detail immediately responded and are conducting a thorough investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Gerad Laing at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or go to: 


San Bernardino Sheriff Department

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner 

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department