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Dorner manhunt: Despite reward, no new signs of ex-cop

February 11, 2013 |  8:42 am

Despite a flurry of tips that drew police to a San Bernardino apartment complex and a Northridge home improvement store, wanted ex-police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner remained at large Monday morning.

Southern California has been on edge as the multi-agency manhunt continues for the 33-year-old Navy veteran suspected of fatally shooting three people and wounding two others. The investigation into Dorner's whereabouts has fanned out across the region, taking authorities as far east as Las Vegas and as far south as San Diego.

But despite numerous rumors and tips — and a $1-million reward — there have been no confirmed sightings of Dorner or evidence pointing to his whereabouts since his burning pickup was discovered Thursday on a forest road in Big Bear, officials said.

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The truck's axle was damaged and investigators found torched weapons inside the vehicle, law enforcement sources said.

Hundreds of sheriff's deputies, police officers and federal agents focused their search on the snowy mountains, checking cabin-by-cabin for any sign of Dorner. The search was scaled back Sunday but continued Monday morning with about 30 officers searching vacation homes and cabins in "an even more remote area," the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said.

There had been "no reported sightings" and no new evidence linked to the fugitive ex-cop in the area, officials said. A tip that Dorner might have been seen in San Bernardino early Sunday forced the evacuation of an apartment complex but proved to be a false alarm.

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So did a reported sighting later that day at a Northridge Lowe's, prompting an evacuation of the store as police looked for Dorner. A law enforcement source later said the call to the Lowe's might have been related to a couple fighting outside the store.

Los Angeles officials announced Sunday a $1-million reward for information leading to the capture and arrest of Dorner, whose alleged killing spree began Feb. 3 with the deaths of Monica Quan, a Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach, and her fiance, Keith Lawrence.

While on the run Thursday, Dorner allegedly shot three police officers in Riverside County, killing one. The Riverside Police Department identified the slain officer as Michael Crain, 34, who served two tours in Kuwait as a rifleman in the U.S. Marines.

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He leaves behind his wife, Regina, a 10-year-old son, Ian, and a 4-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday.

Crain's patrol partner, who was also wounded, is expected to survive.

Quan, the woman slain in Irvine, was the daughter of Randal K. Quan, a retired LAPD captain whom Dorner accused in a lengthy online manifesto of not representing him fairly at a hearing on his firing. In what police said was his posting to Facebook, Dorner allegedly threatened the retired captain and others he blamed for hi firing.

"Suppressing the truth will lead to deadly consequences for you and your family,"  the Facebook posting said.

More that 50 LAPD families remained under police guard.

As the manhunt stretched into another day, city officials vowed to find Dorner. The $1-million reward — raised from local governments, police departments, civic organizations, businesses and individuals — is thought to be the largest ever offered locally, and authorities hope it could jump-start the search.

"We will not tolerate this reign of terror," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Sunday at an afternoon news conference at LAPD headquarters. "Our dedication to catching this killer is steadfast. This search is not a matter of 'if.' It's a matter of 'when.' And I want Christopher Dorner to know that."


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