As officials continue their hunt for a rogue ex-cop suspected of killing three people, evidence suggests he may have had help eluding capture.
According to a federal arrest warrant affidavit filed last week, U.S. authorities believe Christopher Dorner may have fled to Mexico after Thursday's deadly shootouts with police in Riverside County.
The affidavit notes that the suspect's burned-out truck was found near Big Bear-area property owned by relatives of a Dorner associate, identified only as J.Y., who was spotted early Thursday afternoon in Costa Mesa.
Also on Thursday, around 12:30 p.m., someone claiming to be Dorner called the father of murder victim Monica Quan, telling the retired police captain he "should have done a better job of protecting his daughter," according to the affidavit.
The call was traced to Vancouver, Wash., but U.S. Marshals Service Inspector Craig McClusky wrote in the affidavit, "I do not believe that he was in Washington at the time of that call."
McClusky said there was "probable cause" to believe Dorner has traveled "from California to Mexico with the intent to avoid prosecution."
On Monday, Mexican authorities got a tip Dorner had been spotted at the Tapatio Hotel in Tijuana, but when they raided it that night, he was not there.
Federal authorities told the Los Angeles Times late Monday that the warrant affidavit outlined their theories about Dorner's whereabouts last week, but they said he could be anywhere now.
-- City News Service and Patch staff reports