Dennis Dobrovolney disappeared in the early hours of February 7, 2011 heading home from a late-night Superbowl Sunday. Investigators are still looking for leads. The family has offered a $25,000 award for information leading to the whereabouts of their father.
By Gary Meyer
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide detectives are not saying much about evidence collected in the disappearance of Three Points resident Dennis Dobrovolny, who was last seen in the early hours of February 7, 2011 heading home from a late-night Superbowl Sunday party just a half mile from his home.
“We found evidence suggesting that Dennis had met with foul play,” is all Detective Steve Lankford would say about the scene at the man’s home when he returned our phone call on Tuesday, July 26.
Friends of Dennis’ have said there was blood found in his home where he was caretaker of a property along Three Points Road, south of Highway 138. There are also reports of blood in the back seat of his vehicle, which was found parked in his driveway.
One of Dobrovolny’s good friends is Bob Mayon, who lives west along Highway 138 from Three Points Road. Mayon says he saw Dennis on Superbowl Sunday when his friend pulled into his driveway at about 7 p.m., intoxicated and “in a good mood.” Dobrovolny asked Mayon to join him and a friend, who was in the car, for a couple of beers at his trailer on the ranch property.
Mayon says he declined the invitation, mainly because two months earlier he and Dennis had dug up an old plow that was half-buried in a dry a creek bed, just south of where Dennis lived.
According to Mayon, “[The property owner] acted like a crazy man when he saw us, and said he never wanted me on his property again. It was a tense and very scary situation,” Mayon said.
Dobrovolny asked his friend a second time before leaving if Mayon would join them for beers at the trailer. Mayon says he declined again and Dobrovolny left. Mayon recalls being worried about the way his friend was driving, “burning rubber” down Highway 138.
Mayon says that was the last time he saw his friend.
A few minutes’ drive from Dobrovolny’s home, Neenach property owner Jack Tuszynski told The Mountain Enterprise that during the week of July 17-23 a young man staying with Tuszynski’s tenant was confronted by three men—one described as “a heavy drug user” and two described as “hardcore criminals.”
Tuszynski said he was told that the men were upset with the younger man because two of them had earlier shown him a gun and said it had been used in a murder— then the young man “went around telling others about it.”
That young man, Tuszynski says, has disappeared and his mother came looking for him soon afterward.
Detective Lankford, during the phone conversation, separately referred to the Dobrovolny case as a “murder investigation” and a “murder case.” He declined to comment about the other disappearance in the area, but says that he has heard about it.
Dobrovolny’s son offered a $5,000 reward in March for information leading to the whereabouts of his father. He increased that reward offer about a month later to $25,000.
Detective Lankford asks that anyone who might have information about the disappearance of Dennis Dobrovolny may contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by using an anonymous tip line at 323-890-5500.
This is part of the July 29, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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