The clamour for information on Michael Jackson's whereabouts is intense.
Santa Barbara sheriff's department is surrounded by the curious: the news reporters, the entertainment journalists, and America's growing band of talk show legal pundits - all offering their take on the latest problems to strike Michael Jackson.
The police say they have multiple allegations of child abuse they want to put to Michael Jackson.
Jackson has been plagued by accusations
The district attorney will not reveal the identity of the accuser, but he says the child is a co-operative victim willing to give evidence.
Michael Jackson has lived his whole life in public - a child star whose adult life has been plagued with problems: the family rows, the plastic surgery, the obsession with childhood, and the allegations of abuse which first surfaced nine years ago.
Then, no criminal charges were brought but this time detectives say charges are imminent.
Journalist Diane Dimond has been following the case for a decade and says this is by far the most serious situation Michael Jackson has faced.
"Physically he is a very frail man and if indeed he is taken to jail for however long a time and having to await a trial, I fear for the impact on his health."
Michael Jackson's fans are loyal.
Jackson's fans are standing by their idol
They believe he is a victim in this case, targeted because of his fame and generosity.
Close to the sheriff's headquarters, lifelong fan Maria Carreo stood holding a placard of support.
It read: 'My kids love you.'
She said: "I feel sad that this public humiliation has to happen again. I mean, it's been numerous times already.
"I'm just waiting for a response from Michael Jackson. I am encouraging him to turn himself in and just keep faith and everything will be fine."
Michael Jackson's lawyers have issued a robust defence of their client.
They say the accusations against him are scurrilous and false and say their client would never harm a child.