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