Christopher Jordan Dorner Manhunt: Make the Million-Dollar Reward Check Out to My Dad
See, my dad spotted Dorner, dressed as a woman, walking downhill toward Running Springs about 45 minutes after the triple-homicide suspect's burning truck was spotted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
When my pa mentioned on the phone Dorner seemed to be heading for Green Valley or Arrowbear, and I informed him the suspect's mother owns undeveloped property in Arrowbear, he nearly dropped the receiver. "You don't say," pops said in a tone that indicated his Magnum, P.I. gears were turning in his head.
So here's the tale that was called in: My father and some of his same-age friends were heading up to Snow Valley Thursday morning for their once- or twice-weekly ski day. (Super Seniors ski free!) Around 9:15 a.m., they reached a spot about a quarter mile from the resort entrance, where they made out the figure of what dad called an "obese" person walking down the hill on the down-slope side, meaning against traffic.
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Keep in mind, no one in Big Bear or the San Bernardino Mountains for that matter had yet been informed Dorner was believed to be up there. Authorities had not yet figured out the burning Nissan was Dorner's; at that hour, there were still reported sightings of him in San Diego County.
But the "woman" walking downhill stuck in my dad's mind because of "her" size and the fact that she was walking alone on a lonely stretch of mountain road in the cold.
Down by the ski lodge, he and his pals later saw a caravan of police vehicles from different agencies whizzing by on the highway headed in the direction of Big Bear. "Must be something going on up there," one of them said, still clueless about the Dorner connection.
A police tractor pulling a trailer indicated to them cops were bringing up an armored vehicle, and later, they saw what dad called a "huge" helicopter flying over Snow Valley toward Big Bear. For those unfamiliar with the mountain resorts, they take their names from their relative locations, Snow Valley outside Running Springs being in the lower lands than Big Bear's Snow Summit. Dorner's vehicle was found off a fire road between Summit and its sister Bear Mountain resort.
After my father returned to the flats and got exposed to the live Dorner coverage, it hit him that the woman he saw may have actually been the killer, a male. He called his ski buddies who replied something along the lines of, "Coker, have you been sniffing your model-airplane glue again?"