Clovis police said Sunday they believe the man suspected of fatally stabbing his estranged wife and her mother at a home in Clovis is now riding a stolen mountain bike in San Luis Obispo County after dumping his rental truck in Paso Robles.
Police are searching for the suspect, identified as Dave Thomas McCann.
On Sunday, the Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office identified the two women found stabbed to death Saturday in Clovis as Judith Cooper, 68, and her daughter, Tierney Cooper-McCann, 36. Neighbors said Cooper-McCann was the estranged wife of McCann.
The Coroner’s Office said Cooper was from Paso Robles and Cooper-McCann’s last registered address was in Fresno.
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The women were found about 4 a.m. Saturday, when Clovis police responded to reports of a stabbing at a home on the 700 block of West Omaha Avenue.
A 16-foot white Penske moving truck that McCann was believed to have been driving was recovered Saturday night in Paso Robles, Clovis police Capt. Tom Roberts said Sunday. The vehicle was left in a commercial area near businesses.
“We have investigators that are following up leads (in Paso Robles) as well as in the local area,” Roberts said. Officers searched two homes in Paso Robles looking for evidence as well as McCann, Roberts said. One of the tips that led authorities to the moving truck was a Facebook comment on social media, Roberts said.
Clovis police also suspect McCann of stealing a gray or tan 15-speed mountain bike in Paso Robles, with disc brakes and a small toolkit underneath the seat.
The day before the homicides, McCann contacted Clovis police and asked for a civil standby, so that he could collect his belongings from the victims’ home, Roberts said. “We had officers that went out with him to the residence and stood by while property was recovered.”
McCann, 49, is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
“He knows that we’re looking for him, so he’s on the run,” Roberts said. “We’re reaching out to the public to please help us in locating him.”
He is considered dangerous, and police are asking anyone with information regarding his location to call the Clovis Police Department at 559-324-2800.