Local angle highlights fatal California mystery
Father, daughter found dead near Clear Lake after abandoning mom in Ashland on Monday
From wire and staff reports
CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. ' A one-time Hollywood producer and his 9-year-old daughter were found dead in their car two days after vanishing, and Lake County authorities on Thursday were investigating what they called a bizarre case.
The bodies of Terry Martin Carr and his daughter, Arieka, were found in their Jeep a day after Carr abandoned his wife at a grocery store in Ashland and drove off with the girl.
The bodies, which were in the Jeep parked outside a convenience store, showed no obvious signs of trauma and autopsies performed Wednesday were inconclusive, said Lake County Detective Tom Andrews.
He described the circumstances surrounding the deaths as too bizarre.
Carr's wife, Chica Carr, filed missing person reports Monday morning, the day after the two vanished, said Brent Jensen, an Ashland police detective.
— The bodies were found Monday afternoon, but it took two days to link the cases.
Carr, 62, took off with the girl while his wife was in a grocery store rest room Sunday afternoon, Chica Carr told police. She said they had not been fighting.
She said it was totally out of character, totally out of the blue. She was stunned, Jensen said. She was stunned again when they delivered the news.
Carr's Hollywood credits include serving as producer of An Almost Perfect Affair and Coast to Coast, co-producer of Predator 2 and The Boost, and writing and directing Welcome to 18. He also worked as a production manager or supervisor for the films Jagged Edge, The River and On Golden Pond, according to the Internet Movie Database.
Jensen said the Carrs moved from Los Angeles in late June and had been looking at property in Southern Oregon before renting an apartment in Ashland on July 29.
That day, police received a call from a man who said that someone driving a Jeep had dumped bags and boxes of clothes and personal mementos into his pasture. The items have since been linked to Terry Carr.
It's not stuff you would throw away ' 60-year-old photos, files ' and the way they were disposed of suggests some sort of closure or starting a new chapter in life, Jensen said.
Anyone with information about the family or who may have spoken to the victims are asked to contact Jensen at 482-5211 or Lake County Sheriff's detective Tom Andrews at 707-262-4237.