US Officials say the burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as a fugitive former cop who launched a deadly revenge campaign against the Los Angeles Police Department.
The identification was made through Christopher Dorner's dental records, but a cause of death has not been established.
The search for Dorner began last week after authorities said he had launched the revenge campaign for his firing five years ago, warning that he would bring "warfare" to LAPD officers and their families.
The manhunt brought police to Big Bear Lake, 129km east of Los Angeles, where they found Dorner's burned-out pickup truck abandoned.
Five days later, but just a stone's throw from a command post authorities had set up in the massive manhunt, Karen and Jim Reynolds said they came face to face with Dorner inside their cabin-style condo.
The couple said Dorner bound them and put pillowcases on their heads. At one point, he explained that he had been there for days.
"He said 'I don't have a problem with you, so I'm not going to hurt you,'" Jim Reynolds said. "I didn't believe him; I thought he was going to kill us."
The notion of him holed up just across the street from the command post was shocking to many, but not totally surprising to some experts familiar with the complications of such a manhunt.
"Chilling. That's the only word I could use for that," said Ed Tatosian, a retired SWAT commander for the Sacramento Police Department. "It's not an unfathomable oversight. We're human. It happens. It's chilling (that) it does happen."
While authorities have not corroborated the couple's account, it matched early reports.