The mystery surrounding a man found dead and decomposing in a car in an upscale area of Los Angeles just got incredibly weird.
Jeffrey Alan Lash lived in Pacific Pallisades with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Nebron. After his body was found down the street from his townhome, authorities searched his residence and found more than 1200 guns, 6.5 tons of ammunition, and $230,000 in cash.
Later investigation revealed that Lash owned 14 vehicles, stored around the Los Angeles area, including an SUV that, James Bond-like, was designed to drive underwater.
You think that’s bizarre?
Veteran defense attorney Harland Braun represents the man’s fiancee Catherine Nebron and identified him as Jeffrey Alan Lash.
That’s also the name authorities are working with and they’re in touch with a relative to try to officially identify the body, said Craig Harvey, the coroner’s chief of investigations.
Lash and Nebron were together for 17 years and she believed him when he told her that he worked as an undercover operative for unnamed government agencies, Braun said Wednesday.
“The story itself sounds totally crazy but then how do you explain all this?” Braun said. “There’s no evidence he was a drug dealer or he stole these weapons, or had any criminal source of income, no stolen property, all the stuff you’d look for.”
There’s no indication the man was doing anything illegal with the weapons, LAPD Deputy Chief of Detectives Kirk Albanese said. Detectives were reviewing everything, but so far the guns appeared to be registered to him. Many were still in boxes or had price tags.
Braun said Nebron and two friends were in a car at a supermarket early July 4, when Lash felt hot and had trouble breathing.
“He wouldn’t go to a hospital and didn’t want any 911 call,” Braun said. When he died, Nebron parked him in a car down the street from the condo they shared, the lawyer said.
Authorities don’t believe there was any foul play involved, but won’t give a cause until there is more investigation.
Lash told Nebron the government agencies would take care of his body and the items in the home.
“He knew he was dying, he had been dying for a year, so he told her: ‘The body will be taken care of by my people … ‘ ” according to Braun.
Meanwhile, Nebron took off on a road trip to Oregon with a woman, Dawn VadBunker, whose family reporter he missing a couple weeks ago. Police have confirmed VadBunker was found in Oregon and is safe.
When Nebron returned 10 days after leaving for her trip she was shocked to still see Lash’s body in the car.
Nebron called the lawyer. who then contacted police.
Ms. Nebron and Ms. VadBunker are not the brightest of bulbs, as evidenced by what they said about Lash:
It appears the 60-year-old gun collector had convinced his fiancee and her employee, Dawn VadBunker, that he was a human-alien hybrid working undercover on behalf of secret US government agencies.
VadBunker’s worried mother, Laura VadBunker, told KTLA that the family had become increasingly worried for her state of mind, especially after having spoken to her.
‘It’s worse than a Twilight Zone movie and we’ve lived through hell,’ Laura VadBunker told KTLA over the phone in reference to the odd case.
Some of Lash’s neighbors believed he was dying of cancer but he told Nebron a different story:
Neighbors thought Lash was dying of cancer because his health appeared to be degenerating over the past year, but Lash told Nebron that he had been exposed to nerve-damaging chemicals on a mission and his condition was worsening.
So who was this guy? An eccentric gun collector? A prepper? Six and a half tons of ammo is enough to outfit a small army. Was he a merc?
Believing Lash was a secret agent is a bit of a stretch, but given the revelations already in this story, anything is possible.