Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Bryce David Laspisa, whose SUV was found overturned near Castaic Lake.
Laspisa was last seen on Aug. 30, 2013 at 2:08 a.m.
Having only lived in California for a year, Laspisa was very unfamiliar with the state. On his drive from Sierra College to his parent’s home in Laguna Niguel, he stopped several times, running out of gas at one point. For two days on his way home his parents had difficulty reaching him, managing to get a hold of him only a few times, one of them being the last: At 1:50 a.m. Laspisa told his parents he was driving on the I-5 South unable to see any signs.
He took a detour at 2:08 a.m. into a suburban area to catch some sleep before continuing his drive. “I told him to call me when he got up the next morning,” said Karen Laspisa, Bryce’s mother. He never called.
He was driving a beige 2003 Toyota Highlander, which was later located overturned off Lake Hughes Road near the Castaic Lake area.
Laspisa was not located with his vehicle and has not been seen or heard from since.
Authorities say his wallet, laptop and cell phone were still inside his overturned SUV. Along with these items, apparently some blood was found and the back window was shattered by an emergency tool kept in the center console, according to the Find Bryce Laspisa Facebook page.
There are currently over 2,100 reports of unidentified persons in the California Department of Justice Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit automated database. Laspisa’s missing persons case is one of over 350 missing persons reports annually in Santa Clarita alone. Missing persons in Los Angeles County are under the Homicide
Bureau so the detectives assigned to Laspisa’s case are also working on murder cases.
At this point Laspisa’s family is just receiving brief notes stating they will be notified if any substantial leads appear. Laspisa is 5 feet 11 inches tall, 170 pounds and has red hair and blue eyes. He also has a tattoo of a Taurus Bullhead with roman numerals on his left shoulder. He was last seen wearing white cargo shorts, a blue and white checkered shirt and red with white Nike shoes, size 12.
A search for Laspisa was conducted Sept. 3 by helicopter, walking teams, dogs, an airplane and boats. In spite of the effort, Laspisa has yet to be located.
Those who have seen Bryce or have any information that can help are asked to contact Detective Carns or Detective Abraham with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500.