Missing Truck Driver; Oscar Javier Contreras Escobar Disappeared Sept. 4, Cadaver Dogs Now Being Used In Search

on February 1, 2013 4:23 PM EST

Missing Truck Driver; Oscar Javier Contreras Escobar
The search for Oscar Escobar continues, but authorities don't seem to expect to find him alive. (Photo: Facebook)

Missing truck driver Oscar Javier Contreras Escobar disappeared on Aug. 28 last year, and authorities are now using a backhoe and cadaver dogs to search for his remains at a home in Ontario, Calif. His family reported the missing truck driver on Sept. 4, after Escobar hadn't contacted anyone after being dropped off after work to meet a female friend. Police have not released the connection between the missing truck driver's disappearance and the home, and three residents of the home were questioned and released.

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"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," said Ontario Police Sgt. Dave McBride. "I wouldn't specially say we're looking for body parts, but of course, in this type of investigation, that's always a consideration."

Police continued to use a Bobcat machine to break up the concrete in the backyard on Thursday to look for signs of the missing truck driver. Cadaver dogs that were used on Thursday were no longer at the scene on Friday. The search for clues relating to the missing truck driver is expected to continue Saturday. People who live near the home told KTLA that this isn't the first time the house has been under the legal microscope.

"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. This doesn't surprise anybody that something has happened here."

Authorities were tight-lipped regarding details of the investigation into the missing truck driver, but did tell reporters why they chose the home as part of the search for the missing truck driver.

"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."

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