Skip to comments.CA: Man becomes 'person of interest' after wife vanishes during Las Vegas trip
Posted on 08/03/2006 6:28:46 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
ONTARIO - Detectives investigating a missing person are now labeling the case a murder.
Ontario police detectives looking into the disappearance of Everilda Duran Watson, 50, now believe the woman has been a victim of foul play, according to a police statement.
Watson was reported missing by her family in Ontario on July 15, police said. She and her husband, John Watson, were vacationing in Las Vegas in July when she disappeared.
John Watson told Ontario investigators he last saw his wife when they separated in downtown Las Vegas on July 12. He drove home after she failed to meet him at their Jeep at a pre-arranged time, police said.
Police are now calling John Watson a "person of interest," the statement said.
There is no warrant out for John Watson's arrest and police are not actively seeking him out, said Ontario police Detective Robert Freire.
During an earlier interview, one of the couple's sons, Juan Watson, said the two likely separated because each likes to play different gambling games.
Her children reported her missing on July 15, police said.
Investigators suspect foul play is involved because forensic tests found "a significant amount" of blood in the couple's 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the statement said. The blood found had Everilda Watson's DNA in it, the statement said.
John Watson told investigators his wife injured herself while inside the vehicle. But his explanation did not satisfy detectives.
"For the injury he was describing, most likely there would be a minimal amount of blood," Freire said. "And that is completely inconsistent with the amount of blood we found in the car."
John Watson was last seen face-to-face by detectives during an interview on July 16, Freire said. He did not appear to have any injuries on his body at the time, Freire said.
The blood inside the Jeep and the "suspected dishonesty" by John Watson led detectives to conclude Everilda Watson may be the victim of foul play.
John Watson was also arrested for possession of fraudulent identification cards on July 17, Freire said. No further details were given about the types of identification cards that were found on John Watson.
Shortly after the investigation began in July, John Watson stopped staying at his Ontario home and detectives don't know where he is living, Freire said.
Investigators, however, have had phone contact with him.
When reached by phone Wednesday, a family member refused to comment because the investigation is ongoing.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is assisting in the investigation. Investigators are unsure if they will locate Everilda Watson's body in Las Vegas or in San Bernardino County, Freire said.
Everilda and John Watson have been married for several years and have three children who range in age from the late teens to the 20s, said Ontario police Officer Craig Ansman during an earlier interview.
Everilda and John Watson were on vacation in Las Vegas for five days at the time she went missing, said a police statement.
John Watson (left), husband of Everilda Duran Watson (right) who disappeared July 12th, 2006 from downtown Las Vegas Nevada. John Watson is now considered a "person of interest" by the Ontario Police Department after a significant amount of blood was found in the Watsons' vehicle.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Ontario Police Department Detective Jeff Wentz at (909) 395-2715.
Crimes can also be reported anonymously at WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.
If he's guilty, I hope this is one gamble he loses.
What happens here, stays here.
He done it.
Dead giveaway = "He drove home after she failed to meet him at their Jeep at a pre-arranged time, police said."
The fact that her children had to report her missing is also a red flag
I think I would call the police first if my wife did not show up, not just drive home.
If wifey didn't show up at the appointed place and time in Vegas, I'd give it an hour or maybe two, then call the PD.
I certainly wouldn't just drive home.
He did something to her.
No one was killed in Las Vegas that didn't to...Debbie Reynolds
"person of interest" = prime suspect
in modern cop-speak
Person-of-interest = prime suspect without the legal protections of being the suspect. If he were called the prime suspect, he would be told that he has the right to have counsel present when being questioned. He might just decide to shut up at that point, so the police have invented this intermediate step just in case he is stupid enough to speak to them.
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