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trucker-searchONTARIO — The search for a missing truck driver leads authorities to a home in Ontario.

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ONTARIO (KTLA) — Detectives searching the backyard of an Ontario home in the case of a missing Laguna Hills man have found what they believe are burned human remains.

The findings are now being analyzed by the San Bernardino County coroner’s office to see if they belong to 29-year-old Oscar Escobar.

ontario-searchEscobar, 29, a self-employed truck driver, was last seen Aug. 28 when a friend dropped him off near Mango Avenue and Foothill Boulevard in Fontana.

Activity on his ATM card led investigators to a house in the 1700 block of South Palm Avenue, in Ontario.

Armed with a search warrant, police searched the property for four days last week.

An area in the backyard was excavated, yielding teeth and burnt bone fragments.

Neighbors say police have made frequent visitors to the home over the years.

“It’s been raided about five times in 10 years. It was raided a few months ago,” one man, who did not want to be identified, told KTLA.

“Activity left and right… day and night,” he said. “This doesn’t surprise anybody that something has happened here.”

Two men and a woman who were at the Ontario home when police arrived were interviewed and released uncharged.

escobar692ONTARIO (KTLA) – Police on Friday (Feb. 1) searched a site in Ontario for clues in the disappearance of a Laguna Hills man.

Oscar Escobar, 29, is a truck driver who was last seen back on Aug. 28, 2012 in Victorville.

Evidence and information pointed investigators to an Ontario home in the 1700 block of So. Palm Ave.

A large search crew and two cadaver dogs search the back yard of the home for hours.

Investigators uncovered several pieces of evidence that they hope will lead them to Escobar.

ONTARIO, Calif. (KTLA) — Police are expected to resume digging in the backyard of a home in Ontario on Friday, looking for clues in the disappearance of a truck driver.

Oscar Javier Contreras Escobar, 29, was reported missing by family members on Sept. 4.

Investigators assisted by cadaver dogs are searching the house for possible evidence.

Police say their are indications that Escobar may have met with foul play and that the location may be linked to his disappearance.

“Our focus right now is to thoroughly search the area inside the house and the backyard area and ensure that any items of evidentiary value are located,” said Ontario police Sgt. David McBride.

Family members say Escobar, who lives in Laguna Hills but frequents the Inland Empire, was last seen between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Aug. 28, shortly after completing a long haul from the East Coast.

After he arrived in Victorville with his big rig, a friend dropped off Escobar in Fontana, near Foothill Boulevard and Mongo Street, where he was expecting to meet up with a woman.

Sheriff’s investigators later found suspicious ATM transactions tied to his bank accounts.

The investigation into those transactions led police to the home in Ontario, a home that neighbors say police have visited quite often over the years.

“It’s been raided about five times in 10 years. It was raided a few months ago,” one man, who did not want to be identified, told KTLA.

“Activity left and right… day and night,” he said. “This doesn’t surprise anybody that something has happened here.”

Police won’t say much about the evidence that they’ve found so far, only that there are good reasons why they’re so focused on this home.

“Of course the activity on the credit cards, certainly it’s a possibility that these people were involved,” McBride said.

“Detectives don’t feel comfortable talking about that at this point, but again it was because of those individuals and the folks that live at the house is why we are here today.”

ONTARIO, Calif. (KTLA) — Police are expected to resume digging in the backyard of a home in Ontario on Friday, looking for clues in the disappearance of a truck driver.

Oscar Javier Contreras Escobar, 29, was reported missing by family members on Sept. 4.

escobarInvestigators assisted by cadaver dogs are searching the house for possible evidence.

Police say their are indications that Escobar may have met with foul play and that the location may be linked to his disappearance.

“Our focus right now is to thoroughly search the area inside the house and the backyard area and ensure that any items of evidentiary value are located,” said Ontario police Sgt. David McBride.

Family members say Escobar, who lives in Laguna Hills but frequents the Inland Empire, was last seen between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Aug. 28, shortly after completing a long haul from the East Coast.

After he arrived in Victorville with his big rig, a friend dropped off Escobar in Fontana, near Foothill Boulevard and Mongo Street, where he was expecting to meet up with a woman.

Sheriff’s investigators later found suspicious ATM transactions tied to his bank accounts.

The investigation into those transactions led police to the home in Ontario, a home that neighbors say police have visited quite often over the years.

“It’s been raided about five times in 10 years. It was raided a few months ago,” one man, who did not want to be identified, told KTLA.

“Activity left and right… day and night,” he said. “This doesn’t surprise anybody that something has happened here.”

Police won’t say much about the evidence that they’ve found so far, only that there are good reasons why they’re so focused on this home.

“Of course the activity on the credit cards, certainly it’s a possibility that these people were involved,” McBride said.

“Detectives don’t feel comfortable talking about that at this point, but again it was because of those individuals and the folks that live at the house is why we are here today.”

ONTARIO — The digging going on in this Ontario back yard on Palm Avenue is the latest twist in the missing person case of 29 year old Oscar Javier Contreras Escobar.

The Laguna Hills man was last seen on August 28th … after his disappearance … suspicious transactions started appearing on some of his financial accounts.

And an investigation into those transactions led police to this home, a home that neighbors say police have visited quite often over the years.

Neighbors say the house has been raided numerous times in the last ten years.

As the search for clues continues, police won’t say much about the evidence they’ve found so far, only that there are good reasons why they’re so focused on this home.

– Chip Yost, KTLA News

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