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Investigators Probing Missing Trucker Find ‘Significant Amount’ Of Evidence

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Oscar Javier Contreras Escobar has been missing since August 2012. (credit: OC Sheriff's Dept.)

Oscar Javier Contreras Escobar has been missing since August 2012. (credit: OC Sheriff’s Dept.)

ONTARIO (CBSLA.com) — Detectives probing an Ontario backyard say they have found a “significant amount” of evidence involving the case of a missing trucker from Laguna Hills.

Investigators have been digging through the backyard since Wednesday.

They stopped short of saying if they found human remains.

Ontario Police Sgt. David McBride said, “We’re not going into the details of what the evidence is, but it will be forwarded to the crime lab for further analysis.”

The home is located in the 1700 block of South Palm Avenue.

Last September, Laguna Hills trucker Oscar Javier Contreras Escobar, then 28, went missing.

Almost immediately, police believed he was the victim of foul play.

McBride said Friday, “There are still concerns he met with foul play, but we can’t say definitively if he was killed.”

CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Greg Mills reported from the scene Thursday. He spoke to neighbors who said scores of police showed up at the house Wednesday and took three people — two men and one woman  — into custody.

No arrests have been announced.

McBride said the search could continue through the weekend.

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