A search for a missing 28-year-old firefighter who lives in West Covina led police Tuesday to detain three people after finding gloves and bloody clothes in the trunk of his car.

Police were notified on Saturday by family members of John Brian Mananghaya Aguila that they had not heard from him since about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to West Covina Police Department spokesman Rudy Lopez.

Aguila had not reported for work — CBS2 reported that he is a part-time Bureau of Land Management firefighter — or returned home, behavior the family described as uncharacteristic, Lopez said.

“During the investigation, it was learned that on Friday … the missing’s white 2017 Honda Civic had been located and impounded in the city of San Dimas,” Lopez said. “Investigators located video surveillance that showed a male leaving from the car and walking away from it. It was determined that this subject was not the missing person.”

A search of the vehicle revealed gloves and clothing with blood on it in the trunk, Lopez said.

“Evidence collected allowed West Covina PD investigators to identify the male seen leaving the missing’s vehicle,” Lopez said.

Just after 8:30 a.m., SWAT officers served a search warrant at a home in the 1400 block of Third Street in La Verne and detained three people pending further investigation, one of them the man who abandoned the vehicle. His fingerprints were found in the Honda, Lopez said.

“The missing person was not located,” Lopez said.

Anyone with information about Aguila and what might have happened to him was urged to call police at 626-939-8557. Anonymous tips can be left on a message line at 626-939-8688.

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