The brother of a father of five who went missing nearly two weeks ago after shopping at a Rancho Cucamonga Wal-Mart said Friday his family is struggling with the situation but was happy with law enforcement efforts.
Surveillance video captured images of 37-year-old Oliver Pareece Jones purchasing items at a Wal-Mart nearly two weeks ago.
While the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department works the case, Oliver's brother Jared Jones said the family has struggled with the agonizing search.
"It really is hard on all of us ... especially hard on his kids and, of course, my mom," Jared Jones said. "Law enforcement is doing a great job. They have a whole army. ... We're very happy with their response."
Although multiple dates have been reported regarding the Wal-Mart trip when Oliver Jones was last seen, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said it was the morning of Sunday, April 5.
The Colorado native has not been seen since and officials said Thursday they hope tracking his cellphone will give them a new lead.
“We’re getting a court order for a ping,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Teresa McMahon said. “Basically what that does is allows us to come up on the phone and find out where it is at this particular second.”
The divorced father was considering relocating when he visited Southern California, and was mugged and assaulted outside The Plaza club on La Brea Avenue during his trip, according to his family.
He sustained a concussion and was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Jones intended to return to Colorado and checked himself out of the hospital before treatment was completed when he stopped at a Wal-Mart on Foothill Boulevard, family said.
Video taken by a private investigator hired by the family after Jones’ disappearance appeared to show several items possibly purchased by Jones near a fence behind the Wal-Mart.
“We have an investigative lead that seems to have a lot of inside knowledge about the last time that Oliver was seen,” said private investigator Paul Huebl.
Family have since posted fliers around the Rancho Cucamonga area in hopes of finding the father.
Huebl said Friday that he was optimistic that the case would be resolved, but he asked that anyone who recognized Oliver Jones contact authorities.
Officials continue to search for Jones, but say they have not found anything suspicious.
“We don’t have anything suspicious. We have not found anything odd,” McMahon said. “We have not found anything that leads us to believe that he is distressed.”
KTLA's Melissa Pamer and John A. Moreno contributed to this article.