Name: Brian M. Histand
Age: 25 years old
Last seen: May 15, 2013
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona
Status: Found deceased in December 2015
Disappeared: Season 7 Episode 5 “Off the Grid”
25-year-old Brian Histand was last seen in Maricopa County, Arizona on May 15, 2013.
He disappeared after walking away on 35th Avenue toward South Mountain, Phoenix, Arizona.
His car and BMX bike were later located at the bottom of the mountain. Brian has never been seen or heard from again.
Brian Histand was born on November 5, 1987 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania to parents Michael and Tracey Histand.
He graduated from Neshaminy High School in 2006 and went on to attend Bloomsburg University, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.
Described as adventurous, Brian had a passion for baseball, basketball and biking.
He moved to Phoenix from Pennsylvania in 2012 in order to pursue a professional career as a BMX biker. While he was unfamiliar with the area, he used to spend his free time in local skateparks in the Glendale area.
On the morning of May 15, 2013, Brian was seen sitting naked and praying in an open field near 10200 South 35th Avenue of South Mountain, Phoenix, Arizona.
A police sergeant who was contacted to check on him at approximately 5:30 a.m described him as disoriented and acting strangely. Brian said he didn’t need police assistance, so the officer let him go.
At the time Brian was able to answer questions, and was determined to be coherent. He provided the officer with the phone number of his out-of-state family and they were notified.
Brian was last seen walking southbound on 35th Avenue towards the desert area, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
On May 17, 2013, his vehicle was found abandoned near 10200 South 35th Avenue at the bottom of the mountain after a farmer discovered his keys in an open field. Upon searching the locked vehicle, officers found Brian’s wallet, ID, credit card and bicycle inside.
Brian’s father claimed he never wore a helmet on his BMX hiking, and had suffered repeated head injuries from falls in the past. It has been speculated that Brian may have been suffering from a concussion when he decided to go for a long walk alone in a disoriented state, never making it back.
Remains discovered on South Mountain, Arizona
In December 2015 skeletal remains were discovered near 35th Avenue and Dobbins Road, in the same area where Brian Histand went missing in 2013.
The remains were positively identified as belonging to Brian Histand in January 2016.
His remains were found in several locations in the southern portion of the park. While medical examiners couldn’t determine the manor or cause of death, there is no evidence of foul play according to the detective investigation.
No evidence of foul play was found in Brian Histand’s disappearance, though it is presumed from natural causes, the exact cause of death is still considered unknown.
Caucasian male. Brown long hair, blue eyes with a mustache and beard. Brian has a mole under his left eye.
He is 5’8″ – 5’10” tall and weighs approximately 150 – 160 pounds.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Brian Histand please contact the Phoenix Police Department (602) 262-6151 or contact NamUs at (817) 240-4106.
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News & Media Links
Phoenix police investigating the disappearance of 25-year-old Brian Histand – ABC 15 Arizona 05/13
PD: Remains of missing BMX rider found – ABC 15 Arizona 01/16
Questions remain after body of BMX rider found – ABC 15 Arizona 01/16
Body of missing man found on South Mountain – Fox 10 Phoenix 01/16
Remains of Brian Histand, Professional BMXer Missing – Mpora 01/16
Pro BMX rider from Bucks, missing since 2013, found dead in Arizona – The Philadelphia Inquirer 01/16
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