Ontario Police search for evidence in the case of a missing Laguna Hills man Thursday at a house in the 1700 block of south Palm Avenue in Ontario. (Jennifer Cappucio-Maher/Staff Photographer)

ONTARIO – Detectives have found several pieces of evidence that they hope will lead them to a Laguna Hills man who was reported missing last year.

Law enforcement officials found the evidence after hours of searching and some excavating in the backyard of a house in the 1700 block of South Palm Avenue.

Sgt. David McBride would not release details on the items that were found as the investigation is ongoing.

“Between last night and this morning, we located several items of evidentiary value,” said McBride, who is a spokesman for the Ontario Police Department.

The evidence was found at various locations in the backyard of the home.

Oscar Escobar, 29, a truck driver from Laguna Hills, was last seen on Aug. 28 when a friend picked him up from Victorville after Escobar had finished a long haul, according to reports.



Photo of Oscar Escobar

The friend dropped Escobar off in Fontana so he could meet someone.

Escobar was reported missing to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The Sheriff’s Department started working on the case, but, when evidence showed a link between the missing man and the Palm Avenue property, Ontario police investigators took over the investigation.

Detectives served a search warrant at the home on Wednesday morning, McBride said.

On Thursday morning, a large search crew, two cadaver dogs and an excavator descended on the small street to search the home.

The focus of the search, though, was in the backyard, officials said.

The items found during the search will be sent to the San Bernardino County sheriff’s crime lab.

Source of article: Daily Bulletin