After a burned body was found near where Bryce Laspisa vanished in Castaic Lake, California, it appeared the search for him had ended in tragedy. However, after the remains were identified and did not belong to Bryce, his family regained hope he may still be found alive, according to a Sept. 21, 2013, Los Angeles Times report.
The missing student’s father, Michael Laspisa, said Saturday that he continues to rack his brain with questions as to what happened to his son and constantly experiences fears about his safety.
“Every day you go through the whole scenario of the 85 possible things that could’ve caused it and the three to four conclusions from success to failure in terms of finding him alive,” he told the Times.
Laspisa’s 2003 pickup truck was found on the side of Main Ramp Road on the morning of Aug. 30 with its rear window smashed. The missing man’s cell phone and wallet were still inside, and a little blood was found in the vehicle.
Authorities say Laspisa called his parents from Buttonwillow in Kern County just hours before the accident at around 2:20 a.m., saying he was tired and was going to pull off the freeway to get some sleep.
He lives in Roseville and attends Sierra College near Sacramento, but was driving to Orange County to visit his parents.
Cameras in the area indicate Bryce did not drive down the road where the accident took place until around 4:30 a.m.
According to the Times, authorities believe Bryce walked away from the crash and likely made his way onto tough terrain covered with rocks, sand, and sharp brush. A scent led them toward the lake, but then went cold.
After conducting exhaustive searches for Bryce, law enforcement announced on Sept. 12 it was scaling back efforts to find him.
Laspisa is described as white with red hair and blue eyes, is 5-feet-11 and weighs about 170 pounds. He also has a tattoo of a bull's head with a Roman numeral on his left shoulder, and was last seen wearing white cargo shorts, a blue-and-white checkered shirt and white-and-red Nike shoes.
Anyone with information about the Bryce Laspisa case is asked to call Det. Chris Carns at 323- 890-5500.