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911 call came from lawyer’s cell

Nicole Formosa
Vail, CO Colorado
Royal 'Scoop' Daniel III

BRECKENRIDGE ” The Breckenridge Police Department obtained 10 search warrants on Wednesday morning connected to the disappearance of Breckenridge attorney Royal “Scoop” Daniel III.

One of the warrants was served at Daniel’s law firm.

Police officers and agents from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation spent Wednesday executing the warrants, eight of which were located in the Breckenridge area, Breckenridge Police spokeswoman Crystal Dean said.

Dean said she didn’t know whether the warrants were for homes or businesses.

Michael Klepper, the news director for KSMT radio, whose offices are next door to Daniel’s law firm in the Breckenridge Professional Building on Ski Hill Road, said state agents and police officers spent almost the entire day inside Daniel’s office, while one police officer stood guard at the office door.

They pulled “entire file cabinets and bags of stuff” out of the office at about 3 p.m., then loaded up and took off, Klepper said. Officers taped over the window of Daniel’s office, he said.

Two additional warrants will be carried out outside of Colorado, but Dean did not know what states the warrants were to be executed in.

The District Attorney’s Office has sealed the warrants, which were signed by Summit County Judge Ed Casias Wednesday morning, Dean said.

Dean also confirmed Wednesday that a 911 call was made from Daniel’s cell phone on the morning the 61-year-old disappeared.

The 9-second call was placed at 7:48 a.m. last Friday, according to a press release from the police department.

Reports of the phone call had been swirling around the community since Daniel’s disappearance, but police had declined to confirm the call’s existence until Wednesday. Dean said police confirmed the call, even though it is a part of an ongoing investigation, to dispel some of the rumors circulating around town.

“We didn’t want people to think we were hiding anything or didn’t know of it,” Dean said.

The cell phone call location came from the Gold Run Gulch Road cell tower, which would be the nearest tower to Daniel’s office at 130 Ski Hill Road, his last known location. Nothing was said in the phone call, and Summit County Dispatch received voicemail when attempting to call the phone back.

Daniel’s cell phone has not been located, Dean said.

The 911 recording was not released. Dean said the recording had information that “could jeopardize the criminal investigation.”

The press release also addressed the condition of Daniel’s office. The only items found out of place in the office were a pen on the floor and a pair of sunglasses with a broken arm.

“Nothing else appeared to be out of place,” the press release said.

Dean said the department continues to focus equally on three possible reasons for Daniel’s vanishing ” a psychological condition, foul play or a willful disappearance.

On Wednesday, the Rocky Mountain News reported that investigators were looking into a domestic homicide decades ago that involved Daniel’s former sister-in-law.

Dean said that while police are examining every tip and every lead that comes in, that particular case “is not one of our main areas of the investigation.”

The 61-year-old Daniel is a well-known local who’s been practicing law in Breckenridge for 13 years. Police launched a search for the divorced father of eight Saturday morning after co-workers reported him missing at 3 p.m. on Friday.

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