Earth Find: 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Andrew TannerBy Andrew Tanner

I thought I had seen it all, but Barn Finds reader Steve proved me wrong! Imagine this: you’re digging in your backyard one day, trying to add some more exciting terrain to that sweet dirt bike course you and your dad have been working on. Suddenly, you hit a rock with the tractor except it isn’t a rock, its a car!  That is exactly what happened to Cody Green while digging in his family’s backyard in Oklahoma earlier this week. Once he realized he had hit a completely buried vehicle, Green called his father who called the police. The police came to the property and finished unearthing the vehicle, which turned out to be a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer.  The SUV was wrapped in plastic, and had reportedly been buried since it was nearly new. The police found no bodies or evidence of foul play, however they did find a license plate affixed to the rear. 

Although these are the only two pictures provided, it is clear that this Trailblazer has sustained a lot of damage at some point. The original article on MSN states “The SUV does appear to be damaged, but it’s unclear if that is due to an accident, years of being under dirt with moving vehicles on top, or simply from the deposit/removal of the vehicle from the ground.” My suspicion is that it was either wrecked before it was buried, or it was damaged during removal. After running the plate, Lieutenant Robert Stewart discovered that this Trailblazer was registered to the previous owner of the Green family property. The police suspect some type of insurance fraud may be in play, and I have to agree. I can’t think of many other reasons a vehicle would be buried on the owner’s property without a more obvious motive. This isn’t exactly a barn find, nor is it a particularly valuable car, but the discovery of a car buried in its entirety on someone’s property is certainly curious! I would be interested to know how it got there, wouldn’t you?

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  1. RayT Member

    It’ll buff out!

  2. Phil

    I love the patina just clear coat it and drive it!!

  3. jdjonesdr

    Trailblazer… Pfft. Now if it was a Tahoo.. that’s a different story.

    • Robert

      Right now I own a 03 Trailblazer. The v6 4.2 liter motor does very well and it has 180,000 miles on it. I am so very impressed with this vehicle that we still own it. The resale value on these things do not reflect as great as these vehicles are. So we have kept it for a full family function vehicle only.
      I would however love to hear why it was buried in the first place.

  4. glen

    I’d like to hear the rest of the story.

  5. LOSER

    Under Minnesota state highway 23, near the city of Willmar lies a corvette.

    I was a electrician working on lighting and the road crew found it while making the Willmar bypass. They didn’t care less. They pushed it on the side of the roadway so it was not under the pavement and built it into a burm on the side of the road.

    • glen

      That’s sad, why couldn’t it have been a pinto or something? I wonder what year and engine it is.

  6. DJS

    Was there a body in it !!!!

    • Tom Member

      Was there a body ON it?? !!!

  7. John M.

    I’m willing to wait until the police conclude their investigation.

  8. azmat

    I think the owner PLANTED this truck hoping that it will grow and he/she will have lots of trailblazers !

  9. leiniedude

    Interesting story. “The lieutenant confirmed that a police report showed the Trailblazer was reported stolen by the previous land owner.” I agree with Glen, I am sure there will be more to come.

  10. Howard A Member

    Relax, it’s got 4 wheel drive,,,oh, oh, I think we’re sinking,, doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure this one out.

  11. LAB3

    In the early 70’s my uncle was trying to turn an early 60’s GM with an aluminum V8 (all I remember is the V8 part) into a dune buggy. For whatever reason he gave up and it got buried on the spot he was working on it. The city continued to grow and eventually the property was surrounded by housing tracts and sold about 10 yrs ago, could imagine someone digging on their yard and finding it!

  12. Jay E.

    High payments, “stolen”, a hole was dug and the blazer pushed in. OOps hole wasn’t deep enough. Smash down the top until it fit, cover with dirt. No more payments.

  13. Mr. TKD

    But it wasn’t found in a barn!


  14. grant

    This has been all over the news for a couple weeks now. The truck was reported stolen by the registered owner, who used to own the property the vehicle was buried in. Maybe a straight fraud case, or perhaps a hit and run that snowballed. Who knows.

  15. Wiley Smith

    This is about 3 miles from my house. Investigation is still ongoing last I heard. It’s pretty well figured to be insurance fraud around here.

  16. Bob

    There was a Ferrari found on the west coast somewhere that was wrapped in plastic and carefully buried in a hole.
    Nothing surprises me anymore.

    • glen

      That was interesting, a fascinating story.

  17. Pa Tina

    It was fine right where it was.

  18. dan

    “Ran when buried”

  19. Eddie

    What And Hell Is That ?

  20. Dave

    While digging a swimming pool in our yard we dug up a 53 Chevy, it was common practice on farms back in the 1950’s to bury the old cars cut a hole in the roof cover the car up again and place the out house over the hole cut in the roof

    • Michael F Antaki

      Now That is REAL HILLBILLY STUFF!!÷!

  21. Chebby

    That looks nothing like a vehicle wrapped in plastic when it was brand new.

  22. cudaman

    About 20 years ago in Lake Worth, Florida, a small retention pond in a shopping center parking lot was drained for repair. A 1973 Buick Riviera appeared with two skeletal remains. It turned out a man killed his wife and her mother (his mother-n-law) and put them in the car with a brick on the accelerator pedal and they were there for 20+ years. My wife and I ate at the Denny’s many times on the corner of Jog Road and Lake Worth Road where he drove the car in to the pond from. I also owned a 1973 Riviera which is what caught my attention when I read the newspaper article that week. The husband had died several years before the discovery of the cars/bodies……sad.

    • Tom Member

      Definition of MIXED EMOTIONS: Your mother in law driving off a cliff in your 73 Riviera!!!

    • Howard A Member

      That’s creepy, cudaman. I’ll never look at retention ponds the same again.

  23. Allan

    I buried a ’61 Corvair, when I was about 14-15 years old.

    The car was actually a barn find, as my father was hired to tear down an old barn. He found the car inside and the property owner said we could have it. The pistons were seized in the rear mounted, flat 6 block. I didn’t know anything about cars at the time and didn’t have the means to do anything with it. My father wasn’t interested in fixing it, so he had me bury it in a hole on our property and use it as fill material.

  24. Rich Nepon

    I buried/sank a 145 Volvo in a large pond I built in NJ. It was there for fish to spawn in. The pond was way deep. Only I know it is there. All fluids were removed first.

  25. Bob

    They sink old clapped out distroyers in the Straight of Georgia to use as diving toys, and it also serves as a nursery. They even sunk a timed out 737 that I had flown back in my working days. All the hulks are thoroughly scoured for contaminating chemicals, and even the zinc chromate was cleaned off the fuselage before it was sunk.

  26. MikeK

    A/C needs charged.

  27. Milt

    Been done before. Chuck Norris got his Dodge out of the ground no problem.

    • Neal

      Get me a beer, kid.

      I remember that one that came out !

      Nice clip.

  28. leiniedude

    They found these last month during the flood looking for a missing person. It is a pretty popular place for boaters to hang and party now. Back when these were probably sunk it was a place for sub culture to hang out and party.

  29. Dt 1

    Oh well just take the whole back out and let him rest in peace

  30. Kevin C

    An auto parts store that I worked for years ago while in high school had issues with the floor sinking. When the owner contacted the landlord, he admitted that he buried a few cars under the gravel for the store’s pad to save money and suggested that the sinking floor might be due to one or more of the cars collapsing under the weight of the building. The location has since been demolished for “transit oriented development” near a billion dollar boondoggle of a busway, but aside from clearing off the building and tearing up the pad, no site work has been done and the place has been vacant for 3 years or more. Whoever decides to put “transit oriented development” into that location is in for a surprise not unlike this one!


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