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Big Bear Lake, Calif. - Feb. 8, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE: San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon

"We're continuing the search for the suspect. We searched all night, we did not discover any additional evidence and we certainly did not locate him. We're continuing our search in the local area as well as up on the mountain near where the truck was found. We still have over 100 law enforcement officers from throughout Southern California assisting us. We're continuing to provide as much security as we can to the community of Big Bear. Our commitment is to make sure, number one, our deputies are safe in this search. But in addition making sure this community is safe. We're going to continue searching until either we discover that he left the mountain or we find him, one of the two."

"Certainly there has been time to get out of here but we're not sure if he has in fact left. There's a number of places up on the mountain that we haven't got to yet that we're continuing to search. We have some great partners. San Bernardino County Fire as well as ourselves has a snow cat. We put our SWAT guys in the snow cat as well as our armored personnel carrier, we put teams on. We're up on the mountain on those mountain roads with those pieces of equipment."

STORYLINE:

Law enforcement officers working in falling snow and freezing temperatures searched a Southern California mountain Friday for the former Los Angeles police officer accused of carrying out a killing spree because he felt he was unfairly fired from his job.

"We're going to continue searching until either we discover that he left the mountain or we find him, one of the two," San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said at a midmorning news conference.

More than 100 officers from various agencies were searching for Christopher Dorner in the Big Bear Lake region of the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles.

Deputies were driven up snowbound roads on Snowcat tractors and armored personnel carriers equipped with snow chains, he said, but helicopters were grounded because of the storm.

A search of dozens of homes in the Big Bear community failed to find Dorner and the search was concentrating farther back in the mountains, near and above the place where his burnt-out pickup truck was found on Thursday, the sheriff said.

Officers followed what appeared to be Dorner's tracks from the truck but lost them on the frozen ground, McMahon said.

 

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