FBI Searched El Cajon City Councilmember's Home

Jillian Hanson-Cox is a two term city council member in El Cajon

By Paul Krueger
|  Monday, Mar 5, 2012  |  Updated 4:51 PM PDT
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An El Cajon city councilwoman whose house was searched by the FBI hasn't been seen at her home for more than a week, according to a neighbor.

The FBI confirms it searched Jillian Hanson-Cox's home on Catalpa Way, last week.

Hanson-Cox is a two term city council member in El Cajon.

She has a history of civic involvement in the East County..

The FBI also searched the offices of Century Design, a Kearny Mesa company where Hanson-Cox used to work.

The FBI will not offer any details about why the warrants were issued, or what possible crime it's investigating.

Hanson Cox was not available for comment Monday.

One legal expert told NBCSanDiego Hanson-Cox has probably hired an attorney, who has counseled her not to talk to investigators.

"There can be issues about, you know, an officer says, 'I spoke to this person and they said this' and then I get a report later and your client looks at it and says 'No I didn't say that,'" said attorney Tony Solare.  "Well, if it's your word against some federal officer it's not a position anyone wants to be in. So that's one of the reasons why some of the most emphatic, frequent advice we give is 'Shut up.'"

Hanson-Cox is the mayor "pro-tem" in El Cajon.

She calls herself a quote "homegrown community advocate" for that city.

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