A body at Castaic Lake in Southern California showed up charred after authorities conducted an exhaustive search for a college student who disappeared a week ago. According to Sacramento Bee Sept. 4, the burned body found in Castaic Lake around 6 a.m. on Wed. is hard to identify, but might be that of 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa.
Laspisa lived in Roseville and reportedly attended Sierra College. He went missing after he headed off to visit his parents in Laguna Niguel, located in Orange County. On Aug. 28 around 11:30 p.m., Laspisa left his girlfriend's apartment in Chico. His parents got worried when he didn't arrive the next day, but Kern County sheriff's deputies located him in Buttonwillow. He was said to be in "good spirits" and did not have any drugs or alcohol in his car, according to his mother, Karen Laspisa.
On Fri. at 2 a.m., Laspisa called his mother to say he was pulling off the freeway to sleep in his vehicle. It was just hours later his SUV was discovered rolled over on its side near a boat launch at Castaic Lake. There was small amount of blood inside the vehicle with some of his clothes inside the trunk. Police think he may have broken the windows to escape the wreck.
When the burned body was found at Castaic Lake, it was when firefighters responded to a small brush fire nearby. Authorities have yet to positively identify the body as the missing student.