It's a really weird story.
I don't know if the dead man was an asshole, but Jeffrey Alan Lash's live-in girlfriend of 17 years, Catherine Nebron, believes that 60-year-old Lash was a secret government agent. That's what he'd always told her.
Nebron's employee, ^ Dawn VadBunker (39), was with the couple when Lash collapsed in a parking lot of Bristol Farms in Santa Monica on July 4th
. Lash told them they were not to call 911 or seek medical assistance. They were to leave him in the car and government operatives would come to collect his body. Nebron parked the car with Lash's body a couple of blocks from their condo.
Then, Nebron, VadBunker and another friend left on a trip. VadBunker has not returned from Oregon; her mom filed a missing persons report and fears that VadBunker had a nervous breakdown because her daughter told her that Lash was a part-alien governmental agent.
Nebron returned to California without VadBunker 10 days after Lash died and was shocked to find Lash's body still in the car. She called her attorney, Harland Braun. At first Braun was incredulous, as were cops when they were told the story. But, Nebron's story is checking out.
The body was found where it was left; no foul play suspected. Inside the home, detectives found more than 1,200 firearms — including handguns, rifles and shotguns — as well as more than 6 tons of ammunition, according to Braun. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the finding of the body and the weapons cache on Monday. Police found $230,000 in cash stashed at the home as well, which Braun claims his client knew nothing about.
There were also a number of SUVs found; vehicles modified for use on different types of terrains, including an amphibious vehicle.
So far, LAPD believes that all of the guns and ammo were legally purchased by Lash and no crimes have been uncovered in the bizarre story. LAPD is currently investigating whether any of the guns were used in criminal activity and indicate that it will take some time to complete that investigation due to the massive number of weapons discovered.
Neighbors who were interviewed 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.
This reads like a movie script; very twisty. Who is Jeffrey Alan Lash really -- a governmental agent, a hitman, a mercenary, a nutjob...? Whoever he was, he was either born into money or he was successful in a legit or criminal business endeavor. He lived in an exclusive part of Southern California and all those guns and vehicles cost a lot of money.
I can't find any photos of Lash and Nebron; I'd like to put faces to the names of the mysterious couple.