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[KHTS] – The family of Bryce Laspisa is asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact a private investigator, according to a person hired by the family to help find him.

“What has been a problem from the start with this is that there have been a lot of agencies involved, and a lot of good-hearted people,” said Shannon Tulloss, a private investigator. “It has been a blessing to the Laspisa family — unfortunately, it has resulted in a lot of misinformation,” she said.

After Laspisa’s 2003 Toyota Highlander was found overturned on the Castaic Lake Main Boat Launch access road at the end of August, a search lasting several weeks was undertaken by Sheriff’s Department officials.

Laspisa, 19, was apparently on his way home from college, when his car ran out of gas.

Bryce Laspisa

Bryce Laspisa

What happened next is still subject to speculation, but a private investigator hired by his family believes he’s still out there, based on her ongoing investigation.

“He likely did not sustain a debilitating injury at the scene,” the investigator said, noting the absence of blood that would be associated with such an injury. “Given his physical conditioning, he absolutely had the ability to leave the scene.”

There were also two sets of dogs that tracked him walking away, she said.

“Logic is usually our best friend,” Tulloss said. “All the logical facts surrounding this case seem to indicate that likely he walked away from the scene.”

Community members led several search parties for the missing teen, and while there have been several reported sightings, there has no been no positive identification.

Officials are no longer searching, she said, having deemed Laspisa “a willfully missing adult.”

As a result, any information about his whereabouts submitted to law enforcement agencies would not be tracked, because he is not being actively investigated as a missing person, she said. Tulloss asked that anyone with information use a private phoneline the family has established.

While Tulloss acknowledges that he’s not a minor, she’s still seeking Laspisa because Mike and Karen Laspisa want to know their only child is OK, she said.

“Since he is an adult, he has every right to be missing,” she said. “He has a legal right to be unavailable, and if that’s his choice, then the family will respect that.”

However, she’s hoping to appeal to Bryce or friends of his on different grounds.

“The moral necessity is that his family be informed that he is alright, and he’s OK, ” she said. “They would love the opportunity to rebuild the relationship.”

Anyone with information on Bryce Laspisa’s whereabouts is being asked by family members to contact 949-292-4400.



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  1. Happy new year!

    Kindly take down the flyer you have posted above as it refers to a telephone number that is no longer being utilized by the family. The current flyer that the family would like used can be seen at

    Any calls with communications to the above number will not allow the lead to be addressed immediately, which has been a significant impedance to this investigation from the start. Please only use the below telephone numbers for tips and discussion.

    Thanks so much,
    Shannon Tulloss Investigations
    818-478-7900 Office

  2. My heart goes out to this family! Prayers he is found!

    • Dana, Kelly and Laura:

      Thanks so much for your continued support in this heartbreaking matter!

      We would like to remind everyone to use the updated flyer from the Find Bryce Laspisa FB page, also located on our business FB page rather than the one identified above. Klaas Kids are always wonderful, but the best number is the one on the flyer that is monitored by our office 24 hours.

      Unfortunately, we have lost valuable time on excellent leads because they fell on ears that were no longer investigating this disappearance by being called into the older numbers. There are no agencies actively involved pursuing Bryce’s whereabouts other than our office.

      Thanks everyone!

  3. Prayers!!! I think about the family constantly driving around Santa Clarita. If people in the questionable areas or anywhere could drive with fliers in back window it would keep Bryce in publics eye constantly.

  4. Dana Deuson Dana Deuson says:

    Prayers to this family, I hope they find him, I see thier missing posters all over town. I hope the new year brings peace to this family!

  5. Pflag Scv Pflag Scv says:

    We think about this young man and his family often and the pain they must have experienced during this holiday season. The youth are all dear to us and hope their son will be found soon.

  6. So sorry for what you are going through. I hope you will get answers soon to where he is.

  7. So sad about this young man’s disappearance. My prayers to his parents and family and friends.

  8. We have a vacation home in Lake Arrowhead and we keep our eye open every time we come up. Blessing to him and his family.

  9. Donn Miller Donn Miller says:

    Still nothing, so tragic. Our hearts are with you,

  10. John Melchiorre says:

    I pray for the safe return of your son everyday! My son is 19. My heart aches for you and your husband.

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