Dorner's Fate Unknown After Cabin Fire (with Video & Photos)

By Emma Koch
By Eric Dutkiewicz

February 12, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 1:05 AM EDT

BIG BEAR, Calif. (www.incnow.tv) - A massive manhunt for a former Los Angeles Police Department wanted in the murder of three people may have ended in the charred remains of a California cabin.

Differing reports from police agencies leave the fate of Christopher Dorner, 33, a mystery but a sheriff's spokesperson confirmed that charred human remains were found in the rubble of the burned down cabin.

The San Bernadino Sheriff's Department believes Dorner's body is inside the burned down cabin.

The Los Angeles Police Department says no body has been located as of yet, and the cabin remains too hot yet to search.

The manhunt took a dangerous turn Tuesday morning when someone matching Dorner's description was seen stealing a vehicle near a resort in Big Bear.

Police say the suspect, believed to be Dorner, broke into a home, tied-up two people, and stole a vehicle from the home. One of the victims was able to get free, and call 911.

The stolen vehicle was later spotted along a California highway by a warden with the Department of Fish & Game.

From there, a shootout ensued. A sheriff's deputy was killed in the gunfire. A second deputy was critically wounded.

The suspect fled into the woods, barricading himself in a cabin in the mountains of Big Bear, Calif.

The cabin would eventually go up in flames with no sign of Dorner.

Dorner, who previously served in the Navy reserves, was wanted in the Feb. 3 murder of a former police captain's daughter and her fianceé, and later the murder of a Los Angeles police officer assigned to protect police reportedly threatened in Facebook posts by Dorner.

In the manifesto, Dorner claims he was treated unfairly fired by the LAPD.

NBC News reports nearly 50 LAPD officers and their families have been given round-the-clock protection while Dorner has been on the run the past week

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