Crime witness who vanished on dog walk is found

GREG RISLING, Associated Press
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Los Angeles Police Department photo of Dawin Vela, 22.  (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department)

Los Angeles Police Department photo of Dawin Vela, 22. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police said Friday a key witness in a burglary case who vanished while walking his dog has been found.

A police statement said 22-year-old Darwin Vela was located in the LAPD’s Pacific Division. Investigators were trying to determine what happened to him.

There was no immediate word on his condition.

Vela was supposed to be in court on Thursday to testify at a preliminary hearing for a man charged with burglarizing the home of the ex-girlfriend of actor Nicolas Cage.

Vela vanished Tuesday while walking his dog. His fiancé said the dog later returned home with blood on its leash.

 

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