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UNSOLVED: Where is…Bryce Laspisa?

— Disappearance —

On August 30 2013, 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa left college and drove home to visit his parents. During his journey, he told them he was going to pull over and sleep in his car. In the hours that would follow, his car would be found a few hours later smashed and lying on its side with no Bryce in sight.

Days before his disappearance, mum, Karen received a phone call from Bryce’s roommate to say he hadn’t been himself. He and Bryce had been staying up all night to play video games and took ADHD tablets called Vyvanse – known to trigger the Flight or Fight response and cause psychotic side-effects – it was after that he began acting weird. He broke up with his girlfriend, Kim and began drinking excessively. Karen then received a call from Kim also saying he wasn’t himself to which his mum said she would visit him. Bryce insisted he was okay and that she didn’t have to visit, although strangely said: “I have a lot to talk to you about”. To this day, they don’t know what he wanted to tell them.

At 1am on August 30, his mum missed a phone call from Bryce and assumed it was him saying he arrived to his apartment, but the next morning his parents received a voicemail from their auto-insurance company to say someone had summoned roadside assistance. They called his roommate and discovered Bryce hadn’t come home the night before. They eventually tracked him down two hours away from his parents home in Buttonwillow, California at a truck stop. When they called roadside assistance, they said they had given him three gallons of gas two hours earlier and he seemed fine. Given the circumstances, Kristian (who provided him with the gas) went where he last saw him and shockingly he was still there.

He was able to speak to his mum on the phone and she said to come home so expected him to be back at theirs around 3pm. Six hours had past and they hadn’t heard from them. Parents, Mike and Karen filed a missing persons report yet when police showed up, he moved just eight miles. Police searched his car and performed a Sobriety test – he passed both.

After this, police and parents agreed they would let him be on his way. Karen the received a call from Kristian asking them if he wanted to double check he moved. Shockingly, Bryce had not moved. For a total of 13 hours, Bryce moved just 8 miles!

He was told to go home whilst Kristian would follow him onto the highway to ensure he moved. After 10 miles, Kristian pulls away, calls Karen and tells her he’s on his way to them. Bryce phones his parents along the way to say he’ll be home at 3.25am. His mum then gets a call at 2am saying he was too tired and he had to pull over to sleep. Given he hadn’t slept in 48hrs, his parents agreed.

Unfortunately at 8am a highway patrol-man visited the parents and it was soon revealed his car was found crashed and abandoned on its side in a 25ft ravine off Lake Hughes Road near Castaic Lake. His belongings were still in the vehicle but Bryce was not. The rear window was smashed from the inside out where they found small amounts of blood where they believed he climbed out. There was also small amounts of blood on the passenger headrest.

— Theories —

CCTV at 2:15 shows that he was down Lake Hughes Rd. and two hours later he was seen entering the same direction – very unusual.

Many suggest he was trying to end his life given the speed at which his car was heading towards the lake. Perhaps he didn’t see the drop in the dark and crashed as a result. However, police checked the surrounding area and lake but found nothing. They brought in two blood hounds who picked up his scent which lead them right outside a truck stop at Castaic Lake but it ended there.

Three weeks into their search, authorities announced their active search was called off – Bryce is still missing with no trace.

A year later, his family hired a PI who thinks Bryce hit his head and doesn’t know who he is. She disagrees with the theory he ran away due to the strong bond between him and his parents. He was often described as an “open-book”.

In August 2015 they hired a sonar specialist to check the lake for his body – he wasn’t there. Since then, there has been many sightings but no leads. He had no passport or ID so it’s likely he’s still in the US.

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Distinctive: The 19-year-old has a large tattoo on his left shoulder which could help identify him.

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7 Comments

  1. Natasha
    7th May 2018 / 3:54 am

    Will watching about this I wonder if his secret to tell his parents was that he is gay and didn’t want to live a life of lies and maybe his parents wouldn’t understand.

    • Sophie
      Author
      7th May 2018 / 11:22 am

      To be honest I don’t think that is the case. He was very close to his parents and even if he was gay, there’s nothing wrong with that and I’m sure his parents would have understood. If he did chose to go because of that I’m sure he would have said something or left a note. Bryce was too close to his parents to do this and the events leading up to his disappearance and crash were odd.

      I think something happened that he didn’t expect. I don’t think this was planned and neither do his parents. He was just too close to them and such a sweet man.

    • Sophie
      Author
      2nd March 2018 / 3:31 am

      I hope he turns up soon. Maybe he doesn’t know who he is and hopefully will one day remember! Long shot but people can’t just vanish into thin air – pretty scary x

  2. 26th December 2017 / 3:23 pm

    I’d never heard of this case until reading your post. I really wonder if anyone truly knows where he is.

    Faye Jessica | fayejessica.co.uk

  3. 24th December 2017 / 11:04 pm

    This one is really interesting! I want tp believe so badly he is still alîve somewhere and just doesn’t know who he is! Maybthe drugs did that to him

    hann xx

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