Two women fatally stabbed in Clovis; suspect sought in SLO County
UPDATE 12:30 p.m. Tuesday: Dave McCann, the suspect in a double homicide in Clovis on Saturday, may have been sighted in the Cambria area on Monday.
McCann, 49, is reported to be on foot now, although he was previously thought to have fled Clovis in a rental truck that he later abandoned in Paso Robles before taking off on a stolen a mountain bike, according to a Clovis Police Department news release.
Officers continue to search the north San Luis Obispo County area and follow up on any potential tips or leads.
McCann is described as being tall and of medium build with a strong British accent, although he may have changed his appearance slightly.
Anyone who sees McCann is asked to call 911 and avoid approaching him.
ORIGINAL STORY: The suspect in a double homicide in Clovis was apparently on the loose riding a stolen mountain bike in San Luis Obispo County on Sunday, a day after a Paso Robles woman and her adult daughter were found stabbed to death.
San Luis Obispo County law enforcement agencies were helping the Clovis Police Department search for Dave Thomas McCann, 49, of Clovis, who is suspected of fatally stabbing his estranged wife and her mother at a home in Clovis and then fleeing to Paso Robles in a rental moving truck.
The two women found dead about 4 a.m. Saturday at a home on West Omaha Avenue in Clovis have been identified as Judith Cooper, 68, and her daughter, Tierney Cooper-McCann, 36, according to the Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office. The Coroner’s Office said Cooper was from Paso Robles and Cooper-McCann’s last registered address was in Fresno.
The 16-foot white Penske moving truck that McCann was believed to have been driving was found Saturday in Paso Robles, said Calli Biaggi, a management analyst with Clovis police.
“We have investigators that are following up leads (in Paso Robles) as well as in the local area,” Clovis police Capt. Tom Roberts said Sunday.
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 in Paso Robles was a Facebook comment on social media, Roberts said.
Clovis police suspect McCann of dumping the truck in Paso Robles and then stealing a gray or tan 15-speed mountain bike 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,” Roberts said.
“He knows that we’re looking for him, so he’s on the run,” Roberts continued. “We’re reaching out to the public to please help us in locating him.”
The Paso Robles Police Department found the truck Saturday evening after receiving a phone call about 5 p.m. from a citizen who directed police to the 2100 block of Vanderlip Court, according to a police news release. The caller said she became aware of the homicide after seeing a Facebook post from the Clovis Police Department.
Paso Robles Police Department officers, the San Luis Obispo Regional SWAT, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and Clovis police officers searched two Paso Robles residences linked to the investigation, the news release said. The suspect was not found, and local investigators will continue to assist the Clovis Police Department as needed, according to the news release.
McCann is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
He is considered dangerous, and police are asking anyone with information regarding his location to call the Clovis Police Department at 559-324-2800.
The Fresno Bee contributed to this report.