The search for the killers of a wealthy eve surgeon and his family had spread into the hills north of Santa Cruz.
SV Dr. Ohta's car (3 shots)
SV Police dog helping search
SV Bags found near car
SV Surgery name plate, ZOOM OUT to entrance
SV Cameramen and press (2 shots)
SV Sherrif Douglas James answers questions
GV Street scenes (3 shots)
REPORTER: "What kind of people were they? How would you describe them? What have the witnesses said about their physical appearance?"
SEQ. 7: SHERRIF: "Ahhh. Possibly in their early twenties....with long hair."
REPORTER: "You are searching for two youth and one woman, is that correct?"
SHERRIF: "This is correct."
Initials OJP/PNG/ES.1830 OJP/PNS/ES
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Background: The search for the killers of a wealthy eve surgeon and his family had spread into the hills north of Santa Cruz. Wreckage of a probable "getaway" car was found on Tuesday (20th October), seven miles from Dr. Victor Ohta's hillside mansion, near several youth communes in redwood canyon popular with campers.
Police dogs have been combing the hillsides looking for three "long-haired" young people who were seen in the vicinity of the wrecked car shortly after it was rammed by a logging train in a tunnel. Investigations have so far revealed footprints only. A friend of slain Ohta family has told police that in August there had been some trouble with "hippie" types, and Dr Ohta had, on one occasion, chased six of them off his porch. Local sherrif Douglas James answered reporters questions about the youths they were looking for.
Santa Cruz inhabitants are concerned at the wantonness of the killings and many fear further outbreaks of irrational behaviour. Although the police know the type of firearm used in the killings, they are still baffled for a motive.