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Dog Returns From Walk With Bloody Leash, But Not His Owner

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Darwin Vela was supposed to testify in a celebrity court case on Thursday, but he went missing before he had the chance.

The 22-year-old was walking his chocolate Labrador Retriever, Coco, near his home on South Redondo Boulevard when he disappeared, NBC4 reports. The dog returned home alone with a bloody leash. That's when Vela's girlfriend, Kelly McLaren, called the police, according to KTLA. She said she was worried that Vela went missing because of a court case they were involved with.

“We were witnesses to a crime and we were supposed to testify today,” McLaren told KTLA.

The two were expected to testify against the man suspected of robbing Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend's home in April. It wasn't exactly a mafia-like crime -- the handyman stole four computers, and for a while there, people thought he'd also taken a box of the couple's naked photos from the house. That turned out to be untrue. He was arrested in October, according to the Huffington Post.

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This is the first time Vela's gone missing. His mother plans on taking a DNA test on Friday to find out if the blood on the dog's leash was Darwin's, NBC reports.