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Christopher Dorner's body indentified, controversy over $1M reward

A legal loophole could stop those who helped end the hunt for fugitive Christopher Dorner claiming the $1 million reward money.

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Southern California has been on edge as the manhunt for Christopher Dorner continues, prompting statewide alerts and extra border security in both California and Nevada. (AFP/Getty Images)

The body of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner has been formally identified through dental records. 

The 33-year-old's charred body was found inside a burned-out cabin near Big Bear Lake on Wednesday night following a shootout, CNN reported.

An autopsy confirmed it was Dorner's body, the medical examiner's office said.

It comes as fresh controversy surrounds the $1 million reward which was offered for information leading to Dorner's capture and conviction.

ABC News reported the Mayor's office was in discusssions to determine whether any individuals or individuals were eligible to claim it.

"Our personal hope is that the reward will be distributed, but we must follow the rules and respect the procedures of each entity," the council said in a statement.

What needs to be established is whether the reward money could still be paid, given Dorner died. 

Dorner, accused of killing four people and threatening the lives of several dozen more, was never captured, apprehended or convicted. 

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Possible candidates for the reward include Jim and Karen Reynolds who discovered Dorner in their home and were briefly held captive before informing police, CBS News reported.

Their tip-off led to a stand-off and shoot-out which put an end to the saga.

The fugitive's mother, Nancy Dorner, has also spoken about the incident, offering her sympathies to the victims and their families.

She told Fox: "It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we express our deepest sympathies and condolences to anyone that suffered losses or injuries resulting from Christopher's actions. We do not condone Christopher's actions."

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