California police have evacuated a landfill to search for possible remains of missing mom Heidi Planck, 39, who was last seen on surveillance footage six weeks ago walking her dog outside of a high-rise apartment in downtown Los Angeles.
Investigators on Monday began combing Chiquita Canyon Landfill in the city of Castaic ‘to excavate a specific area of the landfill, manually search it for human remains, and collect any related evidence,’ according to the LAPD.
The Chiquita Canyon Landfill is a privately-operated site where commercial haul away trash containers from across Southern California are often dumped, according to NBC Los Angeles. A search of the area is set to take seven to 10 days.
‘The forensics have taken them to this place. I am fully confident they will figure this out. If there’s something in there, they’re going to find out,’ Planck’s ex-husband Jim Wayne, with whom she shares an 11-year-old son, told reporters on Monday.
California police are searching Chiquita Canyon Landfill in the city of Castaic for the possible remains of Heidi Planck, 39, who went missing on October 17
The Los Angeles Police Department recently found unspecified forensic evidence leading them to believe that there was an ‘incident’ resulting in Planck’s death
‘I have an 11-year-old boy at home who needs to know what has happened to his mom. We need some help – however we can do it. Our family needs the answers. The community of friends, for sure, that’s gathered around needs some answers,’ he added.
Despite their search for human remains, police have not publicly said whether they suspect foul play and have not named any persons of interest in her disappearance.
Planck went missing on October 17 after leaving her son’s football game in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, before she was seen on surveillance video walking her dog, Seven, near the Hope + Flower apartment complex – 30 miles away.
After her disappearance, Seven, was found wandering alone through the upper floor of the complex. The Los Angeles Police Department recently found unspecified forensic evidence in the building leading them to believe that there was an ‘incident’ resulting in Planck’s death.
Planck was last seen on October 17 after leaving her son’s football game in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey at half time
She was then seen on surveillance video walking her dog, Seven, near the Hope + Flower apartment complex – 30 miles away from her home in Downey
Home surveillance footage shows Planck leaving her home in the Reynier Village district of Los Angeles, with her dog Seven on October 17. She climbs into the Range Rover and drives off
It is also unclear what connection Planck has to the Hope + Flower or why she was walking her dog 30 miles away from her home in Downey.
Residents at the building have previously raised concerns about the location and it has garnered a series of negative reviews on Yelp, most of which warn about ‘criminal activity and guns fired’ at the location.
Planck’s 2017 Range Rover was also found at an underground parking garage several blocks from the Hope + Flower. It has since been seized and impounded by police, according to NBC Los Angeles.
Planck is financial controller for Camden Capital Partners, whose managing partner Jason Sugarman, a minority owner of the MLS team Los Angeles FC, is under investigation for a $43million fraud scheme.
The discovery of Planck’s dog at the Hope and Flower apartment complex had raised questions as to how the canine ended up alone 30 miles away from her home in Downey
Sugarman’s business partner Jason Galanis is currently serving a sentence of more than 15 years in federal prison in San Pedro, California, for multiple frauds.
He was also ordered to forfeit $80million when he was sentenced in September 2020.
Sugarman was seen on surveillance camera delivering a bag of muffins to Planck’s home in the Reynier Village section of Los Angeles two days after she disappeared.
Wayne previously told DailyMail.com he believes ‘the answer to Heidi’s whereabouts lies with her boss, Jason Sugarman, and his company.’
He said he suspects foul play is involved in his ex-wife’s disappearance and believes that her job at the investment firm is somehow connected.
Planck works as a financial controller, overseeing all employees involved in the accounting process at Camden Capital Partners LLC, where Sugarman is a managing partner who is currently under investigation for a $43million fraud scheme.
As previously reported, Wayne said he received a phone call from an official with the Securities and Exchange Commission asking about Jason Sugarman, the managing partner at Camden Capital Partners LLC, the company that employs Heidi.
‘Heidi knows all of Jason’s and the company’s secrets. She knows where the bones are buried,’ Wayne said.
‘They were interested in Sugarman and his company. They wanted to know what I know about them, and just generally asked me what I thought about Sugarman,’ he said.
Wayne and Planck were married in 2008 and divorced four years later after the birth of their son, who just turned 11
Despite their search for human remains, police have not publicly said whether they suspect foul play and have not named any persons of interest in her disappearance
The mother-of-one left her home on October 17 Reynier Village district was last seen at her son’s football game in Downey. Security footage showed her walking her dog near a luxury apartment building in downtown LA less than an hour after she left the game. Her dog was later found alone on the 28th floor of the building. The alarm was raised when Planck failed to pick her son up from school in Westwood, on October 20
Wayne said he had spoken to Sugarman’s assistant shortly after Planck disappeared and noted that her boss ‘didn’t appear to be too concerned that she had gone missing.’
He claimed Sugarman seemed more interested in making sure that her work computer was returned.
‘While I was on the phone with his assistant, I heard Sugarman in the background barking at his assistant to tell me, ‘make sure he knows I want my laptop’,’ Wayne said.
‘There was no concern at all from my ex-wife’s employer. It’s a multimillion-dollar company, they didn’t offer to hire a private investigator or put up a reward.
‘The only thing they really seemed concerned about was Heidi’s computer,’ he added.
Wayne said he never returned the laptop and instead turned it over to the police.
Planck is financial controller for Camden Capital Partners, whose managing partner Jason Sugarman (pictured) is under investigation for a $43M fraud scheme. Wayne previously told DailyMail.com he believes ‘the answer to Heidi’s whereabouts lies with her boss, Jason Sugarman, and his company’
He then spoke with the assistant again a few days later, but claimed this time the employee accused Planck of ‘siphoning off money from the company.’
When Wayne said he didn’t believe the accusations, the assistant allegedly claimed they had ‘proof’ and sent him several of Heidi’s personal bank statements.
According to Wayne, he never looked at the bank documents in detail and gave them to the police and soon as he got them.
He said cops later told him that Heidi ‘didn’t have a lot of money in her accounts.’
‘It was pretty low of Sugarman and his minions to accuse Heidi of basically embezzling when she’s mysteriously disappeared,’ he said.
He added that he has no idea how her employer had obtained her banking information.
In addition to her connections with Sugarman and his company, court documents reviewed exclusively by DailyMail.com also reveal the California mom has a history of drug abuse, psychotic breakdowns, and bizarre behavior.
According to a statement from her ex-husband, Planck once trashed her then four-year-old son’s bedroom before jumping out of the window and climbing onto neighbors’ roofs semi-naked.
People gather for a candlelit prayer vigil for missing Heidi Planck held on Hope Street in Downtown Los Angeles on November 7
That was after she had told him she had to leave a Rite Aid because it was ‘too intense’ and repeatedly tried to feed him a plate of bacon as he was driving her home.
Former husband Jim Wayne made the statement in 2015 as part of his bid to gain custody of their son who turned 11 earlier this month.
In the 2015 court papers, Wayne, now 63, said he feared his son was in ‘immediate risk of harm,’ from Planck.
Wayne and Planck were married in 2008 and divorced four years later after the birth of their son.
In other papers filed in 2016, Wayne said his ex ‘has a history of acting out in volatile ways.’
Wayne said his ex-wife was addicted to the amphetamine, Adderall. He claimed she would go to three different doctors so she could get three separate prescriptions, making sure she always paid for two of them in cash so her abuse wouldn’t be discovered.’
Wayne made it clear during the custody hearings that he wanted his son to have a relationship with his mother, but he objected to anything other than monitored visits.
‘I feel her conduct has not shown that she has reached a level that keeps our son out of harm’s way,’ he wrote.
The couple fought for years over who should have care of their son. Since 2017 they had joint custody.
But Wayne was granted full custody after his ex vanished. In court papers he said he needed to put his son into therapy ‘because he is completely distraught at his mother’s disappearance.’
‘We are at the point where we have to expect the worse and accordingly I am requesting full legal and full physical custody so that I can legally enroll (the boy) into therapy immediately,’ he added.
‘This is an emergency. If we hear from authorities that Heidi has been kidnapped or has died, I fear that (the boy) will be extremely distressed and inconsolable beyond his current mental state.
‘I really want to put (him) into therapy right away to help him cope with whatever news may come our way.’