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A female passenger got out and told police she was a kidnap victim. She claimed the driver had killed someone and dumped the body along Pacific Coast Highway.
The driver then took off, and there was a short pursuit, but the chase ended quickly after the driver crashed a few miles away into an agricultural field.
The driver, identified as 58-year-old Maximo Tamayo-Flores of Oxnard, was taken into police custody.
Police searched about 11 miles of the coastline from Malibu to Los Posas Road for the possible murder victim, but after nearly 12 hours they suspended the search. Authorities say will sporadically search from the air over the two days in hopes of finding a body.
The woman said the victim was a male who may have been shot. However, she was unable to say where the body was dumped.
"Our investigators have been working with this woman to get as much specific information as possible," said Det. Eric Buschow from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.
"She's not real familiar with the area, and you're talking about somewhere between Oxnard and, maybe into L.A. County," he said.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department's helicopter flew up and down the coast Friday morning to aid in the search.
Police said they're taking the woman's claims seriously because they said there was some evidence in the vehicle that indicated some type of foul play.