Brian Betts, Slain D.C. Principal (Update): SUV Found 14 Miles from Home

Brian Betts (District of Columbia Public Schools)

SILVER SPRING, Md. (CBS/AP) - The search for whoever killed Wash., D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts has turned up one big lead -- Betts' SUV was located this weekend about 14 miles from his home in Silver Spring, Md. 

Over the weekend, Montgomery County police spent more than four hours combing through the home of the 42-year-old Betts, reports The Washington Post.

The cops caught a break on Saturday when they discovered his missing dark blue sport-utility vehicle. According to The  Post, the vehicle was clean, and apparently undamaged.

The suspicious car had been reported by a Sherrita Mullen, a resident of the area. Mullen said she returned from lunch Friday to find the Nissan parked next to her workplace.  A neighbor told her that "some young guys just pulled up in the back and parked it there, and then they just came running across and left," Mullen told The Post.

Capt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery police spokesman, said it is believed that somebody was in the car, and that they are trying to find out more about that person; however, police are refusing to divulge details regarding the obtained evidence because they do not want to tip off potential suspects, says The Post.

Detectives are still trying to figure out what happened to Brian Betts during his final hours. Betts was last seen by friends and neighbors in his backyard on Wednesday evening, says The Post.

Investigators have said there were no signs of force entry at Betts' home.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 240-773-5070.

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