Following a week-long search, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed they have found burned remains on the property they’ve been searching in the case of missing truck driver, 29-year-old Oscar Escobar.
Oscar Contrearas Escobar has been missing since August.
On August 28, at 6:30 a.m., Escobar delivered a load in Victorville, California, and parked his truck. A friend picked him up and dropped him off at Fontana near Foothill Boulevard and Mango Street, where an identified female was supposed to pick him up.
In November, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department took over the case, because they believe Escobar may have been the victim of foul play in the city of Ontario.
Police began searching a backyard near the intersection of Palm Avenue and Maple Street last Wednesday. Cadaver dogs were called in to assist with the search, though authorities would not confirm what they were searching for, ABC local reported.
According to KTLA, activity on Escobo’s debit card led them to the address.
Three people who live in the home where authorities have focused their search were called in for questioning and released.
“The initial focus was on the inside, the interior of the house, and for the last day or day and a half or so, they’ve been focusing on the backyard area,” Ontario Police Sgt. Dave McBride told ABC Local. “I wouldn’t specially say we’re looking for body parts, but of course, in this type of investigation, that’s always a consideration.”
Excavators were brought in to dig up a concrete area in the backyard. During the search, investigators discovered teeth and burned bones.
The remains were sent off to the San Bernardino County coroner’s office for identification.
Neighbors told KTLA that the house is frequented by police and that the house has been raided 10 times in the last 5 years.
“Activity left and right… day and night,” a neighbor told KTLA. “This doesn’t surprise anybody that something has happened here.”