Blood Found Inside Missing Marine's Car: Wife

Paul Bassett last spoke with his wife on Sunday. San Diego police say his car was found the next day in Tijuana, Mexico.

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    NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports on the search for a Chula Vista man who served several tours of duty as a U.S. Marine, now considered missing by San Diego police. (Published Friday, May 2, 2014)

    A Chula Vista man who served several tours of duty as a U.S. Marine has been reported missing and his car was found across the U.S. – Mexico border with blood inside, his wife told NBC 7.

    Jacqueline Bassett’s eyes filled with tears as she shared the love she has for husband, Paul.

    “He wouldn’t just leave like this. Something has to be wrong. It’s not in his character at all. It’s not in his character to leave and not come home," she said.

    Jacqueline Bassett, 26, last saw her husband on Sunday when he left home wearing a Seattle Seahawks shirt and black shorts to study for a security management degree. She last spoke with him around 5 p.m. when Bassett told her to expect him home in about an hour.

    San Diego police say Bassett was spotted at a Mission Valley mall at around 6:35 p.m.

    On Monday, the couple’s Honda Accord was found abandoned in Tijuana.

    “There was a little blood in the car,” Jacqueline said. “He has to be hurt somewhere or, that’s the only explanation for him to be gone.”

    She said Bassett is a loving stepfather to their 8-year-old son who has been coping with depression and has suffered seizures.

    He’s 6’3”, 220- pounds and does not speak Spanish, Jacqueline said.

    Anyone with information can call San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.