— 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 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 had taken ADHD tablets called Vyvanse – known to trigger the ‘Flight or Fight’ response and cause psychotic side-effects. He also broke up with his girlfriend, Kim and began drinking excessively. Karen then received a call from Kim also mentiong he wasn’t himself to which his mum said she would visit. 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) drove to 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 him. 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 then 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.
This is all we know.
— Theories —
CCTV at 2:15am 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.