LAGUNA HILLS (CNS) - Investigators in Ontario today found a "significant amount" of evidence in the case of a missing Laguna Hills trucker, a police sergeant said.
"From last night through today the search and dig has yielded a significant amount of (evidence)," Ontario police Sgt. David McBride said. "We're not going to go into the details of what that evidence is, but it will be forwarded to the crime lab for further analysis."
Investigators began serving a search warrant at the home in the 1700 block of South Palm Avenue on Wednesday, Ontario police Sgt. David McBride said.
In September, Orange County sheriff's investigators asked for the public's help in tracking down 28-year-old Laguna Hills truck driver Oscar Javier Contreras Escobar, who was believed to be the victim of foul play.
Investigators spent most of Wednesday scouring the house in Ontario and then moved into a search of the backyard, McBride said. Most of the significant evidence was found today in the backyard, McBride said.
Detectives are not sure whether Escobar is alive or not, but they had cadaver dogs searching the backyard looking for human remains, McBride said.
"There still are concerns he met with foul play, but we can't say definitively he was killed," McBride said.
Investigators were initially drawn to the Inland Empire because of "suspicious activity" on Escobar's bank card, McBride said.
But that's not what led investigators to the Ontario home, the sergeant said.
"Other investigative leads brought us here," McBride said.
Ontario police took over the case in November when the investigation led to the Ontario house, McBride said.
The residents of the house have been questioned, but no arrests have been made, McBride said.
The search could continue through the weekend, but is expected to be wrapped up soon, McBride said.
Escobar returned his big rig to Victorville when he finished a long-haul trip from the East Coast on Aug. 28, and was dropped off near Foothill Boulevard and Mango Street in Fontana sometime between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to meet a woman friend, Orange County sheriff's deputies said.
Escobar was known to sometimes stay at motels in Fontana and spend time in the Inland Empire, investigators said. Escobar stayed at a motel on Sierra Avenue in Fontana in July.
Escobar is 5-foot-5, about 135 pounds, has brown eyes, a mustache and goatee and is bald. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, brown cargo shorts and white Nike gym shoes.