Navy Sailor's body discovered in burning car in Lakeside

Sailor's body discovered after car burned down
Posted at 5:30 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 20:30:58-05

A grieving mother has a message tonight for the person behind her daughter's gruesome death.

"Whoever you are just know this is what you did," Pamela Johnson said firmly.

The body of Andrea Daves, 33, of Santee was found in a burning car Wednesday at about 11:30 p.m. at the end of Mast Blvd.

"I want whoever did this to know that she was somebody's daughter," Johnson said. "She was my daughter, my baby, my only child."

She cherishes the memories they shared. Daves was also a wife and mom to a two-year-old girl and a three-month-old boy.

"Those two young kids in there will never see their mother again," she added.

Daves was soaking in every second of maternity leave, but her mom says she loved being able to make a difference with her job as a Navy Sailor.

"Don't know why this happened to such a good person," Johnson said.

There are a lot of questions, like why was Daves alone in her car on a dead end street late Wednesday night. Was she dead before the fire started, or alive as the car burned down? If it was intentional, who would have ripped this woman from her family?

"She came from a very, very, very good family, a good strong family, a family that believes in God and that's what's getting us through this," she added. "But, her memory will live on."

She will remember her baby's kind heart every time she looks at her grandkids. She will tell the stories because they'll never have a chance to make memories. They will just know a life without their mom.

The cause of death is still pending due to a toxicology test, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Ken Nelson.

However, there is a reward for information leading to an arrest.


Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department's homicide detail at 858-974-2321, after hours at 858-565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.