Three-Day Dig in Search for Missing OC Man Ends | NBC Southern California

Three-Day Dig in Search for Missing OC Man Ends

"Unauthorized activity" on credit cards belonging to Oscar Escobar, missing since August, led investigators to the home

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    An attorney for a homeowner whose backyard has been excavated in search of a missing OC man says agents were called to the home because the owner's estranged husband used the missing man's credit card days after his disappearance. Jacob Rascon reports from Ontario for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2013. (Published Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013)

    The days-long excavation of a backyard in Ontario as part of a search for a missing Laguna Hills truck driver ended Friday with the discovery of "significant evidence," according to authorities.

    The findings were "so important (investigators) brought in additional coroner's office personnel," an official at the scene said. "But they do not want to discuss what those items are, the nature of those items, until further forensic analysis is done."

    An attorney for the homeowner told NBC4 that agents arrived at the home because his client's estranged husband used the missing man's credit card after he disappeared. The husband has not lived at the home for months, the attorney said.

    An official on scene confirmed that "unauthorized activity" on Oscar Escobar's credit card led investigators to the home in the 1700 block of Palm Avenue.

    Escobar was last seen in August 2012 in the Inland Empire. The 29-year-old was reportedly dropping off his big rig in Victorville and then went to Fontana to meet up with a female friend.

    A search warrant was executed at the home Wednesday, and aerial video showed investigators sifting through dirt in the back yard on Thursday. Multiple canopies were set up, and a Bobcat tractor and cadaver dogs were assisting in the search.

    At least three residents of the home were questioned and released. No charges have been filed in the case.

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