The bodies of two SLO residents found under brush

November 24, 2022

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

A day after a vehicle crashed in San Luis Obispo, officers found a dog and later two SLO residents deceased in a nearby creek bed.

On Monday, at about 5:30 p.m., the car reportedly struck a curb, a street sign and the abutment of a bridge in the 3400 block of Sacramento Drive. Investigators did not suspect the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Officers completed a traffic collision report, and the car was towed, police said.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, police received a report of a dead dog in a creek bed in the 3400 block of Sacramento Drive. Officers returned to the area of the crash, investigated and attempted to contact the owners of the dog but were unsuccessful. Police made arrangements for the dog to be brought to animal control.

Five hours later, relatives of a couple from SLO reported the pair had not arrived at their expected destination in Modesto. Relatives provided police with photos of the residents, Matthew Chachere, 39, and Jennifer Besser, 36, as well as a picture of their dog.

Officers searched the residents’ home and found it empty with no signs of foul play. Upon seeing the photo of the missing pet, a police dispatcher made the connection between the missing residents and the report of the deceased dog.

Police returned to the heavily wooded creek bed and conducted another search. Officers then discovered the deceased bodies of Chachere and Besser, which were lying under heavy brush.

Detectives have been investigating the scene with assistance from the SLO County coroner’s office in order to determine if there is a connection between the crash on Monday and the deceased individuals. Chachere and Besser’s cause of death is pending a coroner’s report.

Police are asking anyone who has information about the crash to contact Detective Jeff Koznek at (805) 594-8005 or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-7867.


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slo-to-load

A solo driver runs into a curb, street sign, and the side of a bridge and police don’t suspect he was under the influence? Unless he had some other really good excuse, what other reason would there be for him to negligently run his car off the road? I hope they at least breathalyzed him before letting him go!


NorthCountyGuy

Was the driver texting, instead of watching the road, while driving?


Rambunctious

Why were they in the creek bed on the day they were leaving town for Modesto?…


slo-to-load

Um, did you even try to read and comprehend the story? They were hit by a car and either thrown into the creek or dragged there by the driver on Monday at 5pm and they were reported overdue in Modesto on Tuesday at 9pm.


malovato

I remember an old South County resident telling me many decades ago when he was a teenager in the 1960’s, there was a single vehicle death of a fellow teenager. It wasn’t until the next afternoon that his dead passenger was discovered thrown out of the car in the branches of a nearby tree. Terrible story. Yeah, stuff like this happens.


jdchem

So tragic. I remember something similar happened during a late night single vehicle rollover in San Ramon. I can’t remember exactly but I think they searched the area with a FLIR camera after they realized they might be missing something. Too bad those are not standard procedure.


mytwopointfivesense

This stirs up so many more questions than answers. They’re investigating them being hit by the car but bodies are found *under heavy brush*? Could they have gotten hit and lived a while? Did they even get hit? They have to be testing the car for dna but could this guy have not mentioned he hit two ppl and a dog? Did the car not look like it hit two ppl and dog? Wouldn’t that look apparent? I don’t know. This one has a lot of blanks to fill in.


matthwy58

Only 28 hours to find the accident victims, SLO’s finest are improving.


Messkit

No matter the cause, it’s just a terrible thing to happen.


UvalDeez Nuts

The couple and their dog? Wow, I have so many questions.


mullyman

Looks like someone may of dropped the ball on this one