HOUSTON – The Robert Durst traveling road show is parked in Houston for the time being. This after Los Angeles lawmen flew into town to search Durst’s Rice Village condominiums.
The LA police and FBI agents left with at least two boxes containing a cell phone, credit cards, bank statements, compact discs, along with court documents and other items contained in the 15-page Harris County search warrant.
The search came on the day an appeals court judge in New Orleans sent durst to a state prison in Baton Rouge for psychiatric evaluation after the sheriff said durst was a suicide risk.
Another judge said he would decide next Monday whether to grant bail.
Durst is in jail on drug and weapons charges following his arrest over the weekend on a warrant from Los Angeles for 2002 murder of his longtime friend Susan Berman.
Bob Martin and his wife live in the same building as Durst. He says Durst was courteous and polite, and a bit quirky.
“People are already, you know, jumping to conclusions,” Martin said. “I think that most of the people that know him, that have seen him in the neighborhood, are waiting to see what evidence comes forward.”
Now, cops in Eureka, California want to see if Durst is the man last seen with 16-year-old Karen Mitchell, missing since November of 1997.
She was on her way to her job at a daycare center.
Reports at the time say witnesses saw her leaning into a light blue car, and that she may have gotten into it.
Reports say credit card information shows Durst was in town when the girl disappeared. He also may have known her because of her volunteer work at a homeless center durst frequented.
“We are certainly interested in any information that may or may not come out of interviews with Mr. Durst,” said Eureka police chief Andrew Mills.
Durst and his Houston attorney Dick DeGuerin say they want to go back to California for the chance to clear his good name, whatever that means.