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Arraignment postponed for tow company owner Loy Wright

The arraignment for Randal "Randy" Loy Wright, owner of RTS Towing, was postponed Friday afternoon when his attorney failed to show for the court hearing.

Wright is being held on $1 million bail for making a false report about a stolen car.

Investigators believe Wright called the California Highway Patrol in February and reported his Ford Explorer Sport Trac had been stolen. The car was later found at a location in Butte County -- although investigators believe Wright already knew of the car's location.

Wright was arrested on Wednesday and appeared at the arraignment by video from the John Lattoraca Correctional Center. Wright said he and his attorney, Tom Pfeiff, believed the arraignment would be held on Monday. Pfeiff's office said the attorney has not been retained and was not representing Wright as of the arraignment.

The judge continued the arraignment to Monday at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, sheriff's investigators say they're also looking into reports that the suspect's wife, Karen Rene Wright, is missing, possibly in Mexico.

Sheriff's investigators learned of the false auto theft report while investigating the woman’s missing person case.

Karen Wright's family told the Sun-Star she disappeared after making a trip to San Felipe, Mexico, on Feb. 9. The couple had owned two homes in San Felipe.

No one has been arrested, or named as a suspect, in the case of Karen Wright's disappearance, police said.

Sheriff's spokesman Tom MacKenzie said Wright's bail is high because it was determined he could be a flight risk.

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