A millionaire tech executive is feared dead after being kidnapped from his lavish California home following the discovery of a dead body in his girlfriend’s stolen BMW SUV.
Tushar Atre, 50, was snatched from his ocean-front home in Santa Cruz at 3am yesterday morning, according to police.
He has worked in Silicon Valley since the 1990s and is currently CEO of a firm called Atrenet.
Police believe multiple assailants burst into his home that looks out onto the ocean at Pleasure Point.
A 911 call reporting a home invasion was received from the property before Atre vanished.
The web designer is an active social media user and frequently posts photographs of himself surfing or looking out at the ocean from inside his house.
After the home invasion, his girlfriend’s BMW SUV was stolen and later found 14 miles away with an unidentified body inside.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office wrote on their Facebook page later on Tuesday: ‘UPDATE: We have some unfortunate news, we have found the car associated with this case along with a deceased person. That person has not been identified. Our detectives are still working on this case.’
Atre, who is the owner of a corporate website development company called Atrenet, got into the BMW SUV near his home on the 3000 block of Pleasure Point Drive.
‘There is more than one suspect involved’ and they are ‘still actively investigating the motive of the kidnapping,’ a Public Information Officer for the Sheriff’s Office told People.
‘We cannot confirm the identity of the body that was found yet,’ they added.
Some neighbours at the scene were shocked that this had happened in their affluent community but some spoke of questionable activities and illicit behaviour coming from Atre’s property.
One resident who spoke to ABC7 on condition of anonymity said: ‘Santa Cruz is notorious for different things going on. And you know, people with money sometimes get sucked into interesting situations.’
One neighbor reported said they ‘saw the BMW late Monday night on Pleasure Point while walking his dog’ and ‘he heard some sort of commotion in the morning.’
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Source: Daily Mail