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Family of missing woman hires attorney
Priscilla Delzell of Barstow missing since July 18
BARSTOW • The family of missing Barstow woman Priscilla Delzell says it has hired an attorney.
Carl Delzell, the missing woman’s husband, confirmed in a message seeking an interview that he could not say much because he now has legal counsel.
A photograph of Victorville-based Attorney Stanley Hodge and a link to his website appear on the family’s website established in the search for Priscilla.
“Former Superior Court Judge and former San Bernardino County District Attorney will represent the Delzell family,” it reads upon moving the computer cursor over the image.
A call to Hodge’s office Tuesday to confirm his representation of the Delzell family was not immediately returned. Hodge, who has practiced law for 37 years, is a “renowned criminal trial attorney,” according to his website.
The website cites criminal law, expungements, drug-related cases, theft, burglary, embezzlement, misdemeanors, driving-related law and campus crimes and more among his areas of expertise.
It was not immediately clear why the family would hire an attorney. As of Aug. 21, the case had not been determined to be criminal in nature. On search4priscilla.wordpress.com, the family has set up donation requests separately for the search and a legal fund.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detective Glenn Mellor, who is spearheading the missing person’s investigation, was not available Tuesday to provide an update.
Deputies searched the Delzell family home Aug. 21. The search warrant affidavit, which may provide clues into what authorities were seeking, had not been filed with court officials as of Tuesday, clerks at the Barstow and Victorville courthouses confirmed.
Priscilla Delzell went missing July 18 after reportedly leaving for a midday walk into the desert near her residence in North Barstow Irwin Estates.
Visit the Facebook page “Search for Priscilla Delzell” or www.search4priscilla.wordpress.com for more information.
Anybody with information is urged to contact the Barstow Sheriff’s Station at 760-256-4838. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may also call the WE-TIP hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.
Shea Johnson can be reached at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4126.