Couple with dead body may have had plans to bury it in Big Sur

August 18, 2017

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office says the Bakersfield couple that was caught transporting a dead body inside their SUV may have had plans to bury the deceased man in the Big Sur area.

On Tuesday, deputies found the body of an 83-year-old man, now identified as Donald Eugene Cunningham, from the Bakersfield area, in the SUV belonging to Darwin Keith Alaskari, 59, and his wife Sherrie Lynn Boggess, 50. The couple’s 13-year-old daughter was also inside the SUV, which deputies found parked in the wrong direction on a street in Cayucos.

A preliminary investigation suggests Alaskari and Boggess were transporting Cunningham’s body to be buried in the Big Sur area or possibly somewhere out of state, according to the  sheriff’s office. It is not clear how long the body was in the back of the SUV or why the suspects were in the Cayucos area.

Deputies have arrested both Alaskari and Boggess on child endangerment and other charges unrelated to the death of Cunningham. Depending on the results of an autopsy that was conducted on Wednesday, sheriff’s officials may file additional charges.

Authorities are also conducting a toxicology report, which is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete.

Sheriff’s officials have said the preliminary investigation indicates Cunningham was a longtime acquaintance of the Bakersfield couple. Alaskari, Boggess and Cunningham are all described as transients from the Bakersfield area.

Investigators say Alaskari and Boggess have ties to the local area, but authorities have yet to disclose them.

Alaskari and Boggess’s daughter is currently in the custody of Child Welfare Services. The teen had been placed in close proximity to narcotics and paraphernalia, in addition to decomposing human remains.

Both Alaskari and Boggess remain in San Luis Obispo County Jail. Alaskari’s bail is set at $105,000, while Boggess remains in jail with bail set at $150,000.

An investigation into the case is still ongoing.

Darwin Keith Alaskari and Sherrie Lynn Boggess







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7 Comments

  1. sweethome says:

    Weekend at Bernie’s in San Luis Obispo county.

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  2. justbeware says:

    These people are sick.
    Transients with a decaying dead man and a 13year-old in the car?
    Jeez, you can’t make this stuff up.

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    • panflash says:

      “These people are sick.”

      Well, I’m inclined to agree with you. Unfortunately, in today’s America, damn near anything goes now these days. For example, a new Hollywood studio film (“The Glass Castle”) just released the same weekend as the Cayucos bust of these transients depicts the story of a similar transient couple (based on actual events) that concludes with a warm and fuzzy portrayal of the couple:

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2378507/?ref_=nv_sr_1

      In that movie Woody Harrelson portrays the husband- a drunken irresponsible bum who horribly drags his wife and kids around the country endangering the health and safety of his family. But the movie ends by making it all seem okay because, deep down, he supposedly has “a heart of gold.”

      Now, the truly pathetic part of this (aside from the stunningly sick behavior of the husband on the screen) is that (get ready for this, now) the Hollywood sickos planned this film to nominate Harrelson for the Best Actor award, and they might just give it to him.

      If you plan to see this “film”, be prepared to accept such behavior as being “okay”, if not even downright admirable. And get prepared to see the Hollywood establishment endorse and reward it in the awards season next Spring.

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  3. abigchocoholic says:

    wow, that kid is going to be scarred for life having grown up under those two.

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  4. Paso_Guy says:

    I’m thinking that if the death goes unreported, the SS checks continue to come. Wouldn’t be the first time.

    (50) 52 Total Votes - 51 up - 1 down

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