Police have found the dog of fugitive cosmetics heir Andrew Luster, who disappeared two weeks ago midway through his California date-rape trial.
Before Luster fled, family and friends apparently arranged to take his German shepherd to his mother’s home in the San Francisco Bay area, said the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators interviewed his mother but were not able to develop any leads to Luster’s whereabouts, said sheriff’s spokesman Eric Nishimoto.
The 39-year-old great-grandson of cosmetics magnate Max Factor jumped bail on January 3 when he failed to report to police and did not show up in court the following Monday.
Prosecutors contend that Luster used the date-rape drug gamma hydroxybutyrate, also known as GHB and liquid Ecstasy, to render three women unconscious for sex.
He is charged with 87 criminal counts and faces a possible life sentence if convicted.
Sheriff’s officials have said Luster fled his beach home near Ventura in his 4X4 vehicle, taking his dog and collection of Chumash Indian artefacts.
His trial has continued without him, and prosecutors finished their closing arguments yesterday.
Defence attorneys were expected to make their closing arguments today.
The defence has maintained that the women agreed to take the drug, engaged in consensual sex and are now lying. They have also said women seen on videos played in court who appeared to be unconscious were pretending to be asleep.