LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who was found in a minivan buried under feet of mud in Southern California after a flash flood died of drowning.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office says an autopsy concluded the death of 49-year-old Robert Rasmussen was an accident.
Rasmussen was housesitting for his mother in the Mojave Desert community northeast of Los Angeles when the minivan was swept off a road into a drainage basin during a storm in Palmdale on Oct. 15.
Some residents reported seeing a vehicle disappearing in the flood but the city manager has said nobody was reported missing during the storm.
The minivan was dug out of 6 feet of mud on Tuesday.