Four people were arrested Friday after authorities found a woman’s skeletal remains inside a trash can at a Victorville home, officials said.
Deputies discovered the remains Sunday at a home in the 15000 block of Sitting Bull Street after receiving a tip from the community.
They used a dog named Ellie to sniff out the trash container.
Officials said they found the gruesome incident to be out of the ordinary.
“Many times murders involve gang activity, narcotics or a domestic situation,” Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, said. “This is definitely different.”
The victim had been dead for more than a year, officials said.
The San Bernardino County coroner’s office is trying to identify the woman and determine how she died.
Those arrested Friday are all from Victorville: Jayson Weiss, 31; Lori Rector, 57; Louis Chacon, 43; and Alphonso Lozano, 36.
Rector, Chacon and Lozano were taken to the High Desert Detention Center. Rector was booked on suspicion of murder, and Chacon and Lozano on suspicion of being an accessory to murder.
Weiss was in custody at the West Valley Detention Center on an unrelated charge and was booked on suspicion of murder.