Search Goes Cold for Missing College Student

Authorities are asking for the public's help to find Bryce Laspisa, 19

By Brandon Lowrey
|  Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013  |  Updated 2:15 PM PDT
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Divers are searching Castaic Lake while searchers scour rolling hillsides and shopping centers in Castaic for Bryce Laspisa. The 19-year-old's SUV was found crashed on its side and empty. His parents are especially worried because their son's cellphone, wallet and laptop were left behind. Toni Guinyard reports from Castaic for the NBC4 News at Noon on Sept. 3, 2013.

Divers are searching Castaic Lake while searchers scour rolling hillsides and shopping centers in Castaic for Bryce Laspisa. The 19-year-old's SUV was found crashed on its side and empty. His parents are especially worried because their son's cellphone, wallet and laptop were left behind. Toni Guinyard reports from Castaic for the NBC4 News at Noon on Sept. 3, 2013.

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College Student Missing After Authorities Find His Crashed Car

A college student was missing Monday night, days after apparently overturning his car near Castaic Lake. Authorities found the car, but 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa was nowhere to be found. Robert Kovacik reports from Castaic for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.
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A college student was missing Monday night, days after apparently overturning his car near Castaic Lake.

Updated Article: Student Was Subject of Earlier Missing Persons Report

Bryce Laspisa's crashed car was found Friday in a rugged area near Castaic Lake's boat launch, but the 19-year-old from Laguna Niguel was nowhere to be found, authorities said.

Authorities launched an extensive search of the heavily wooded area near the crash using horseback riders, but couldn't find Laspisa, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Pena.

The manmade Castaic Lake, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, hasn't been fully searched because of its size and depth, Pena said.

Search efforts of the ground have halted and the missing person's case has been turned over to homicide detectives. At this point, Pena said authorities are relying on the public's help to find Laspisa.

Laspisa was described as white, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 160 pounds with red-orange hair.

A  flier posted to the "Find Bryce Laspisa" Facebook page said he may have escaped from the overturned car through a broken back window.

A Twitter user identifying herself as Kim Sly, Laspisa's girlfriend, tweeted after he went missing.

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