Chula Vista police released two hoax 911 calls made earlier this month by a man who said he killed his wife and would kill himself, prompting panic and consuming vast police resources in Eastlake.
Police are hoping the public can assist in catching the suspect, who on March 17 identified himself as "Christopher" on Garnet Peak Road.
"I have to kill myself," the caller said in the first of two released tapes. "I have to end it."
The caller then disconnected, and the dispatch can be heard calling him back.
After one ring, the caller answered.
Dispatch: Christopher. Christopher, I know you’re upset, but I need you to stay on the phone with me.
Caller: I shouldn't have done it. She's not breathing.
Caller: There’s blood everywhere.
Chula Vista SWAT was among the authorties to respond to the emergency call.
Neighborhood homes were evacuated just after 3 pm, and nearby Arroyo Vista Elementary School was put on lockdown.
At about 6 p.m., officers moved into a condominum the caller identified as his address. No one was found inside, and the evacuation order was lifted.
Police said the caller alleged to have shot and killed his wife. Those specific claims were not part of the two-plus minutes of released audio.
In the second call, however, the caller can be heard saying he killed “Jennifer.”
“She’s in the tub,” the caller said. “The tub is full of water. I tried to drown her also.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Anonymous email or text messages to Crime Stoppers can also be sent online.