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Thursday, February 7, 2013

San Bernardino County Sheriff Official #BigBear Update

 Search for Christopher Dorner will continue throughout the night in the Big Bear Valley

2-8-12 Noon Update
The Sheriff’s Department had no new information to announce at their noon press conference in Big Bear Lake, CA. Despite sometimes white out conditions, the man hunt in the Big Bear, CA area will continue. Sheriff John McMahon assured residents that the search will continue until Deputies either apprehend the suspect or their is confirmation that he is elsewhere.
Last available information on suspect Christopher Doren was the confirmation of ownership of the burning truck. Officer McMahon said they followed his footprints through two forestry roads before they disappeared over frozen ground.
The Command Center at Big Bear Lake is staffed with more than 100 officers, operating on a 12 hour operational level.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 7, 2013
INCIDENT: Search for Murder Suspect
LOCATION: Big Bear Valley
SUSPECT: Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33 years of age – 6’0”, 270 lbs, blk hair, brn eyes

SUMMARY: UPDATE – Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 9:00 p.m.,
An extensive search for the suspect, Christopher Dorner, will continue throughout the night. Law Enforcement personnel from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Riverside Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, Irvine Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Pomona Police Department, US Forest Service and CalFire will continue to search the forest area and go door-to-door in an effort to find Dorner. If the weather changes drastically during the night and hampers the search, then multiple two man units will be patrolling the area.

Helicopters from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will continue to assist ground searchers by conducting aerial support.

Additional deputies are continuing to patrol the Big Bear Valley and citizens are urged to immediately call 911 if they see anything suspicious. Residents are advised to open their doors only to those they know, or uniformed law enforcement officers.

Schools in the Bear Valley Unified School District are expected to be in session Friday morning.

***Media note*** There will not be a Sheriff’s PIO at the command post throughout the night. If there is any change in the search for Christopher Dorner the media will be advised by the Sheriff’s Department Public Affairs Division and a PIO will respond to the command post if needed. Sheriff McMahon is expected to hold a news briefing Friday morning at 9:00 at the same location.

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, at approximately 8:35 a.m., Deputies from the Big Bear Station responded to the report of a burned out vehicle in the area of Forest Road 2N10 and Club View in Big Bear Lake. At approximately 2:30 p.m., deputies were able to confirm the vehicle belonged to Christopher Dorner.

An extensive search for the suspect continues in the communities of the Big Bear Valley. Deputies along with State and Federal Agents will be searching the forest area surrounding Bear Mountain Ski Resort, and a door to door search of the surrounding homes for the suspect. Sheriff’s Aviation is assisting by conducting an aerial search of the area.

Deputies are also positioned on Hwy 18 in Lucerne Valley, Hwy 330 in Highland and Hwy 18 in Yucaipa monitoring traffic that is travelling up and down the mountain. Additional personnel from throughout the Sheriff’s Department have been deployed to the mountain communities. Sheriff John McMahon stated he will continue vigilant patrol of the area until the suspect is located or it is determined he is no longer in the Big Bear Valley.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department would like to warn area residents that Christopher Dorner is considered armed and dangerous. Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity. If you have information regarding his whereabouts please immediately call 911.

Refer: Public Affairs Division
Phone No.: (909) 387-3700

JOHN MCMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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