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CA: Man becomes 'person of interest' after wife vanishes during Las Vegas trip
Daily Bulletin ^ | 8/3/06 | Jannise Johnson

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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: California; US: Nevada
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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.


1 posted on 08/03/2006 6:28:47 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
He must have believed the Vegas commercials "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas".
2 posted on 08/03/2006 6:30:57 AM PDT by fso301
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To: NormsRevenge

If he's guilty, I hope this is one gamble he loses.


3 posted on 08/03/2006 6:31:06 AM PDT by twigs
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To: NormsRevenge
Las Vegas

What happens here, stays here.

4 posted on 08/03/2006 6:31:18 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: NormsRevenge

He done it.

Dead giveaway = "He drove home after she failed to meet him at their Jeep at a pre-arranged time, police said."


5 posted on 08/03/2006 6:31:31 AM PDT by YaYa123
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To: YaYa123
Her children reported her missing on July 15, police said.

The fact that her children had to report her missing is also a red flag

6 posted on 08/03/2006 6:38:55 AM PDT by The Brush
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To: The Brush
Dude! What were you thinking? Those CSI dudes are stationed in Vegas, and they never fail! DUH!
7 posted on 08/03/2006 6:45:16 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: NormsRevenge

I think I would call the police first if my wife did not show up, not just drive home.


8 posted on 08/03/2006 6:49:33 AM PDT by hodaka
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To: hodaka

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.


9 posted on 08/03/2006 6:57:41 AM PDT by angkor
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To: NormsRevenge

No one was killed in Las Vegas that didn't to...Debbie Reynolds


10 posted on 08/03/2006 7:08:22 AM PDT by Bubba M. Aurelius
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To: NormsRevenge
He's guilty....I can tell by looking at him.
11 posted on 08/03/2006 7:36:45 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: NormsRevenge

"person of interest" = prime suspect
in modern cop-speak


12 posted on 08/03/2006 8:00:36 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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""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.

13 posted on 08/03/2006 5:03:42 PM PDT by the lone wolf (Good Luck, and watch out for stobor.)
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