Local church officials are hosting a vigil for an Orange County man who has been sought by his family for more than six months.
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The Find Bryce Laspisa #BryceLaspisa vigil is set for Friday at 3 p.m. at Real Life Church at 25115 Avenue Stanford.
The church is hosting the event as an opportunity to pray for Laspisa, his friends and family, according to Lisa Apodaca, campus coordinator for Real Life Church. The event is being overseen by Pastor Mark Giganti.
The search for Bryce Laspisa galvanized search parties who looked for the the 19-year-old for weeks after his disappearance was reported Aug. 31.
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Laspisa, a college student, reportedly was driving home from school when his 2003 Toyota Highlander was found overturned on a boat launch near Castaic Lake.
Emergency personnel searched the lake and surrounding areas for signs of Bryce.
“They found his cellphone, wallet with all of his credit cards, laptop and all of his clothing in the car,” said Karen Laspisa, Bryce’s mother.
At 1:50 a.m. August 30th, Bryce’s parents reached him and he had said he was driving on the I-5 but could not see any signs, she said.
“He took detour at 2:08 a.m. and got off the I-5 in a suburban area and was going to sleep in his car,” said Karen Laspisa. “I told him to call me when he got up the next morning.”
Bryce never called.
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Law enforcement officials and community groups led search parties for weeks, however, no trace of Laspisa has been reported to the family, despite several alleged sightings.
Officials are no longer searching because the 19-year-old was deemed “a willfully missing adult,” said Shannon Tulloss, a private investigator hired by the family to find Bryce Laspisa.
Attendees of the vigil are being asked to wear orange for Bryce. Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Anna Castillo, according to a Facebook post.
There will also be a Naperville Vigil, and one in Rocklin, as well.
The Naperville vigil is being held at the Naperville Women’s Club at 14 South Washington.
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Source: Santa Clarita News