Body of Man Found in Burned SUV ID'd

A body was found in a white SUV in an upscale neighborhood

By Jason Kandel
|  Thursday, Apr 25, 2013  |  Updated 12:25 AM PDT
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The body of Christopher Waters, 42, of Long Beach, was found in a burned-out sport utility vehicle in Rancho Palos Verdes. His stepmother stop NBC4 the last she knew, her stepson did not have a car, so it's unclear whose SUV it could've been. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11p.m. on April 24, 2013.

The body of Christopher Waters, 42, of Long Beach, was found in a burned-out sport utility vehicle in Rancho Palos Verdes. His stepmother stop NBC4 the last she knew, her stepson did not have a car, so it's unclear whose SUV it could've been. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11p.m. on April 24, 2013.

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Charred Body Found in Burnt SUV in Palos Verdes

Stefanie Mullins describes what she saw Tuesday afternoon, when a burning SUV was found in a residential area of Rancho Palos Verdes. A charred body was discovered in the vehicle. Robert Kovacik reports from Rancho Palos Verdes for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on April 23, 2013.
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A man whose body was found in the back of a burned sport utility vehicle in Rancho Palos Verdes was identified Wednesday as 42-year-old Christopher Waters of Long Beach.

Waters’ body was found during a call of a vehicle fire on Tuesday about 2:30 p.m. in the 30100 block of Miraleste Drive.

The cause of death has not been determined. Until an official cause of death is determined, Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives were treating the case as a suspicious death.

The Los Angeles County Coroner had to use Waters' fingerprints to identify his charred remains.

 Waters’ stepmother spoke with NBC4 Wednesday night, saying she last saw the 42-year-old on Thanksgiving.

Beverly Lesman Waters raised Christopher since he was 8 years old, and said he was in an out of rehab for drug problems.

“He was in rehab but he was allowed to go for Thanksgiving dinner,” Lesman Waters said. “At the time, he seemed like he was OK, but he’s been OK then gone back to addiction, so I don’t know.”

Lesman Waters said her son, a chiropractor, lives in Long Beach and was much closer to Christopher.

Aerial video showed crime scene tape blocking off a small basketball court where a burned white SUV (pictured below) was parked.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call (323) 890-5500. 

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