Clovis Detectives Searching for Murder Suspect in Paso Robles

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It was 2:00 in the morning when Ron and his wife were woken up by a SWAT team.

“They asked us to leave,” Ron said.

Ron says they went to the police station while officers searched their home for 47 year old Dave Thomas McCan.

“When we got back, we pulled up and they told us over a bull horn to get out of your car, go in the house and close the door,” Ron said.

McCann is wanted for the murder of his wife, 36 year old Tierney Cooper-McCann and her mother 68 year old Judith Cooper.

Their bodies were found at the couple’s home in Clovis, but detectives say McCann drove a moving truck down to Paso Robles where he abandoned it in a neighborhood.

“The vehicle was recovered. It was in fact related to the double homicide in Clovis,” Paso Robles Lt. Tim Murphy said.

That neighborhood was near the home of the mother, Judith, and her husband.

Ron has lived near the couple for several months..

“Just such a sweet lady. I cant imagine anybody harming her,” Ron said.

He says they were at the police station when they learned of the tragic deaths.

“We were just in shock,” Ron said.

Clovis detectives now spending their time on the coast.

“We have a team of 5 detectives and myself just running down leads as to locations where he might be at or where he’s been and we’re going to keep searching and stay in this area until we run down all of those leads or we find him,” Clovis Police Lt. Jorge Gomez said.

Detectives saying they have reason to believe McCann is still in Paso Robles.

“He had some friends in this area. Those are some of the locations that we searched but he is definitely known to the area,” Lt. Gomez said.

Ron says they actually met McCann a few months ago, when the suspect was advising them on solar power for their home. He says he didn’t seem like a person who could be responsible for a crime like this.

“He seemed very nice, rational. At that time, there didn’t seem to be any kind of a situation between him and his wife and stuff, they were all here,” Ron said.

Lt. Gomez says they are relying heavily on the public’s help..

McCann is described as a white male, 6’2, 220 pounds, with an English accent. They believe him to be riding a gray or tan 15 speed mountain, with a small tool kit under the seat.

If you see him, you’re asked to call police. 

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