According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the car is a 2006 Mercedes sports coupe, and it was engulfed in flames when San Diego police officers discovered it last week around about midnight on Thursday.
The car was reportedly found sitting on top of plastic milk crates, with all of its wheels missing. The 23-year-old Merriman had not reported the car stolen and it is not clear when he learned of its theft.
Merriman is a car enthusiast (he's pictured in the starter stand before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500 at the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California last month), and it's no surprise that he spent $187,000 on a car, seeing as he once spent $32,000 on a dinner.
Merriman's car was fully insured.