Police search for missing Los Angeles man after his dog returns home with a bloody leash

Published November 22, 2013

| Associated Press

Los Angeles police are searching for a 22-year-old man who has been missing for more than two days after the black Labrador he took for a walk returned without him but had a bloody leash.

Police say Darwin Vela was last seen around 9 p.m. Tuesday when he took his dog for a walk in South Los Angeles. The canine returned home but without his owner.

Vela's fiancee, Kelly McLaren, told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/17Us61s) the dog was crying and was dragging a bloody leash. She says she immediately called 911.

No one has heard from Vela since and his cellphone, wallet and keys were left at his home.

Police say they would test the blood found on the leash to see whether it was Vela's.