A ninth body was found Friday morning at the charred site of a Christmas Eve massacre where a recently divorced man dressed as Santa shot indiscriminately at partygoers and destroyed his former in-laws' house with a homemade device that sprayed flammable liquid.
The attacker, Bruce Pardo, reached a Dec. 18 settlement with his ex-wife, who along with her parents was believed to be among the dead. His lawyer and a fellow church usher were among those who said they had never seen anything to indicate he was capable of such a brutal crime.
The body of his ninth victim was found Friday morning when investigators resumed searching what was left of the two-story home in Covina, 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.
Eight bodies were recovered Thursday from the destroyed house; it was not yet known whether the gunfire or the flames killed them. None of the dead or missing has been identified.