More than 500,000 people go missing each year in the United States, and although that number has been decreasing there’s many cases that remain unsolved. Here’s a look at 10 unsolved missing persons cases from California.
Name: Alexis Gabe
Age: 24 years old
Last seen: January 26, 2022
Location: Antioch, California
Status: Still missing
24 year old Alexis Gabe was lase seen on January 26, 2022 in Antioch, California. She disappeared after heading over to her ex-boyfriend’s house, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Alexis Gabe left her home that she shares with her parents in Oakley, California around 6:30 pm on January 26, 2022.
She then headed over to her ex-boyfriend’s house in Antioch, and was last seen with him at his home on Benntree Way around 9:00 pm. Alexis never made it back home, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
She was reported missing under suspicious circumstances on January 27, 2022.
On January 27, two of Alexis’ nieces found her car abandoned with the door open and keys still in the ignition on Trenton Street in Oakley, California.
Surveillance video from the area shows someone getting out of the car from the driver’s side and walking away around 9:30 pm on the night she disappeared, but the person has not been identified.
The male subject seen leaving her vehicle is described as being about 6 feet tall, with dark skin and a slim build. He was seen wearing a large jacket, a beanie or cap, and an N-95-type face mask with his beard poking out.
The video was taken at the corner of Oakley Road and Beldin Lane, about five minutes from where Alexis’ vehicle was later discovered at Trenton Street and Carrington Drive.
On February 1 Antioch police served a search warrant on the Benttrree home where Alexis was last seen. They were seen removing several large bags from the residence, one of which included a vacuum cleaner. A second search warrant was served on the home on May 12, 2022.
Authorities have questioned her ex-boyfriend more than once, but have not publicly named a suspect or person of interest in her disappearance.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Alexis Gabe please contact the Oakley Police Department at (925) 625-8060, or the Tip Line at (925) 625-7009.
There is a $100,000 reward for information on her whereabouts.
Name: Rico Omarr Harris
Age: 37 years old
Last seen: October 10, 2014
Location: Sacramento, California
Status: Still Missing
37 year old Rico Harris was last seen in Sacramento, California on October 10, 2014. He disappeared while driving from his family home in Alhambra, California to his girlfriend’s home in Seattle, Washington. Harris never made it to his girlfriend’s house, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
His car was found abandoned three days later in Lower Site, an isolated rest area of Yolo County Regional State Park on Route 16 near Cache Creek.
On October 9, 2014, Harris drove to Alhambra in order to reconcile some issues he had with his family. At the family home, Harris took one of his brothers out for dinner, spoke with his mother, and retrieved a few mementos before heading back home.
At approximately 1:00 am on October 10, Harris left Alhambra with some personal belongings to embark on a 1,100 mile trip back to Seattle on Interstate 5. The next day, Harris had a scheduled job interview with a real estate appraisal company in Seattle.
As he was driving along Interstate 5 Harris called his mother, spoke with his brother, and sent a text confirming his job interview.
Records show that Harris stopped at a gas station in Lodi, located 40 miles south of Sacramento, at 8:00 a.m to refill his tank.
After making a wrong turn, he turned around and passed north through Sacramento, ending up on Route 16, until he was in the Capay Hills. When the sun came out, Harris found a rest stop and pulled over.
His girlfriend who called to check on him said Harris sounded tired. She was concerned for his state of mind since he had been awake for nearly 36 hours.
At 10:45 a.m, Harris called his girlfriend from the Sacramento area and left a voice-mail saying that he was going “up into the mountains to rest”. His phone was turned off at 11:15 am, and Harris has never been heard from again.
When Harris did not return home to Seattle that evening, his girlfriend grew concerned and called his mother.
On October 14, 2014, his mother filed a missing person’s report to the Alhambra Police Department after a sheriff’s deputy contacted her about Rico’s abandoned car being discovered in Yolo County, about 450 miles north of his Alhambra home.
On October 14, 2014, Rico’s black Nissan Maxima sedan was found abandoned in Lower Site, an isolated rest area of Yolo County Regional State Park on Route 16 near Cache Creek.
Upon searching the locked vehicle, officers discovered Harris’s wallet, credit cards and various papers scattered around, but Harris was nowhere to be seen. There were also two plastic bottles found, one empty and one half full, both smelling of alcohol.
There was no cash in the wallet, and his new Washington state driver’s license was missing. The vehicle was out of gas with it’s battery nearly dead.
His backpack and cellphone were located two miles from Lower Site, where the vehicle was discovered. Upon searching the phone, investigators found pictures of the creek and some selfies of Harris.
They also discovered some videos that seemed unintentionally captured of Harris singing out of tune to music playing in his car, and casually flinging the contents of his wallet and CDs across the car.
An extensive search around the hills and creek along Route 16 where his car was found were conducted by search and rescue teams with the help of search dogs and helicopters, but turned up no sign of Harris after more than three days of searching.
An eyewitness claims to have seen Harris sitting on a guardrail overlooking the creek at 5:30 a.m on October 11, 2014. The guardrail was about 500 yards from where his phone and backpack were found. A tipster further claimed to have spotted Harris walking alongside Route 16 at around 8:00 a.m that day.
On October 19, 2014, authorities spotted a trail of size 18 sneakers a few yards south of where Harris’ car was discovered. Eyewitnesses claimed to have spotted a large man in the early morning hours of October 18. The man was described as wearing light-colored pants, in the same style as Harris was wearing when he left Alhambra.
Dean Nyland, the detective who worked on his case, speculated that Harris might have decided to take a nap in the parking lot of Lower Site that day. When he woke up later, he wandered the area for a few days over unresolved issues from his past and the prospect of a new life in Seattle.
Upon finding his car gone when he returned, Harris might have walked away into the woods or towards another town.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Rico Harris please contact the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office (530) 668-5280 or call the WE HELP THE MISSING TIP LINE at (866) 660-4025.
Name: Heidi Planck
Age: 39 years old
Last seen: October 17, 2021
Location: Los Angeles, California
Status: Still Missing
39-year-old Heidi Planck was last seen in Los Angeles, California on October 17, 2021. She disappeared after abruptly leaving her son’s football game in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey during halftime.
On the afternoon of October 17, 2021, Planck left home with her dog Seven to drive to the Los Angeles suburb of Downey.
Planck was joined by her ex-husband to attend their 10-years-old son’s football game, during which she was described as distracted and bothered.
Around 4:30 pm, Planck told her ex-husband that she had to leave early and subsequently drove away with her dog, before the game was over. Soon after the game ended, Planck sent a text message to her son, congratulating him on his win.
Around 6:30 pm, Planck was captured on security footage walking her dog outside a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex. Heidi Planck never returned home that evening, and has never been heard from again.
On October 20, 2021, Planck’s ex-husband became concerned after she failed to pick up their 10-year-old son at his private school in Westwood. He filed a missing persons report with the Los Angeles Police Department.
On October 29, 2021, the FBI served a search warrant on Heidi Planck’s home with guns drawn, expecting to find a crime scene, but found no sign of her.
They found her cell phone and laptop, but her car and dog were missing. Her phone record, bank account, and social media have shown no activity since she disappeared.
Heidi Planck Believed to Be Deceased
On October 17, 2021, Heidi Planck was captured on surveillance video at 6:30 pm walking her dog in a downtown Los Angeles alleyway between 11th and 12th streets.
Around 7:00 pm., her Labradoodle dog Seven was discovered wandering alone on the 28th floor of Hope + Flower, a luxury apartment complex at 1201 South Hope Street, with no signs of Heidi Planck.
On November 4, 2021, her silver 2017 Range Rover with California license plate U840X0 was found abandoned in the underground garage of a residential building, located a few blocks away from Hope + Flower.
The discovery of undisclosed forensic evidence in the high-rise building led authorities to believe something happened that resulted in her death, and that her body may be in the Chiquita Canyon Landfill.
Police Search Landfill North of Los Angeles
On November 29, 2021, authorities executed a search warrant at the Chiquita Canyon Landfill, located on 29201 Henry Mayo Drive in Castaic, about forty miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Authorities performed an excavation of a specific area of the landfill in search for human remains and to collect any related evidence.
Missing Woman’s Ex-Husband Suspects Foul Play
On October 21, 2021, Planck’s ex-husband received a phone call from a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) official, asking him questions about Jason Sugarman, his ex-wife’s boss.
Jason Sugarman and his business partner, Jason Galanis, were previously charged by the SEC with securities fraud in 2019. The pair were accused of stealing more than $43 million from their clients’ unwitting pension funds.
Two days after Heidi Planck’s disappearance, surveillance footage showed Jason Sugarman ringing her doorbell and dropping pastries off outside her home in West Los Angeles.
Her ex-husband believes Planck’s job may have played a role in her disappearance.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Heidi Planck, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (213) 486-6840 or (877) 527-3247, or call the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Name: Michael “Mike” David VanZandt
Age: 36 years old
Last seen: March 5, 2016
Location: Hermosa Beach, California
Status: Still Missing
36-year-old Michael David VanZandt was last seen on camera leaving Hermosa Beach’s waterfront Pier Plaza area, in Hermosa, California on March 5, 2016.
Prior to his disappearance, he spent the night out on the town with his friends before getting separated from the group and walking away on his own.
On the evening of March 5, 2016, Michael met with some friends at The Underground, a bar in Hermosa beach, California. The group was recorded on video by one friend as watching an Ultimate Fighting Championship fight at the bar.
The group had previously booked a night at the Quality Inn, a hotel located in the 900 block of Aviation Boulevard.
Later in the evening, Michael and his friends went to the American Junkie Pub at 10:15 pm. In the waiting line, Michael’s friends said he needed to use the bathroom and left to a nearby liquor store next door.
Multiple surveillance cameras, inside and outside of the liquor store, recorded him going in and out. This is the last time his friends saw Michael.
Michael’s friends decided to leave for another venue, but failed to get a hold of him via his cellphone. Surveillance footage captured Michael coming back and looking for them in the queue before walking away. After several failed attempts to find his friends, Michael returned to the Roberts Liquor Store, but it is unclear at this time if he made any purchases.
At 11:27pm, Michael was last seen on a security camera walking northwest though a parking lot, towards the beach. He never returned to his room and has not been seen or heard from since.
On the morning of March 6, 2016, upon not seeing Michael return to the hotel, his friends called the jails and hospitals expecting him to be drunk. His vehicle was still parked in the same spot at the Quality Inn, and his belongings were found untouched
On March 7, after Michael failed to report for work at the Edwards Air Force Base, his colleagues and a friend, who was part of the group that night, reported him missing to the authorities.
A search was conducted by the police at the area where Michael was last seen, but the detection dog lost Michael’s scent near the Roberts Liquor Store. They found none of Mike’s belongings on the beach, and no one reported seeing him go into the water.
His cell phone activity stopped around 10:30 p.m of the night he disappeared, and his credit and debit cards have been inactive ever since.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Michael VanZandt please contact the Hermosa Beach Police Department (310) 318-0360 or call the WE HELP THE MISSING -TIP LINE (866) 660-4025.
Name: Elaine Park
Age: 20 years old
Last seen: January 28th, 2017
Location: Calabasas, California
Status: Still missing
20 year old Elaine Park disappeared from Calabasas, California on January 28, 2017. She was captured on surveillance footage at 6:05 am, leaving her ex-boyfriends home and walking towards her car.
On the night of January 27, 2017, Elaine texted her mother before heading to the movies with her ex boyfriend, Divine Compere. At around 1:00 am, Elaine and her ex took an Uber back to his house, located in the 2600 block of Delphine Lane in Calabasas, and went to sleep shortly after.
On the morning of her disappearance, at approximately 4:00 am, Elaine’s ex boyfriend said she abruptly woke up and appeared to be having a panic attack. He says he tried convincing her to stay, but she left his house and drove away.
Surveillance footage shows her leaving her ex-boyfriend’s home at 6:05 am and walking towards her car. Investigator’s weren’t able to tell if she ended up getting into the car, therefore couldn’t conclude whether it was her or someone else driving away.
Elaine Park hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Elaine Park’s mother reporter her missing with the Glendale Police Department on September 30, 2017, after not hearing from her for a few days.
Upon reviewing the surveillance footage, Elaine’s mother stated she didn’t look panicked or distressed as she was walking to her car.
Elaine’s Car Found Abandoned
On February 2, 2017, five days after Elaine disappeared, her gray four door 2015 Honda Civic was found abandoned on the side of the 26000 block of Pacific Coast Highway, just south of Corral Canyon Road in Malibu, California.
The doors to her car were unlocked, the keys were in the ignition, the lights were on, and the battery was dead. Elaine’s laptop, phone, backpack, driver’s license, money & other personal belongings were found inside the car.
Upon finding her car, police brought in dogs and divers to search the area, however no sign of Elaine was found.
Multiple searches in the cliffs of Malibu were conducted, but no evidence relating to her disappearance were found.
Authorities state that Elaine Park’s ex boyfriend has been cooperative with the investigation, and they have no reason to suspect him as a person of interest.
If you have any information regarding Elaine Park’s case please contact the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-3135, or the case’s tip line at 1-800-551-3080.
Name: Christina Lynn Bastian
Age: 34 years old
Last seen: November 1, 2015
Location: Apple Valley, California
Status: Still Missing
34 year old Christina Bastian was last seen in Apple Valley, California on November 1, 2015. She disappeared after leaving her friends’ house in the early hours of the morning.
On October 29, 2015, Bastian was the victim of an attempted break-in at her Laguna Road apartment in Apple Valley. Following the incident, she started to exhibit increasingly erratic behavior and became frightened of staying in her apartment.
On October 30, 2015, Bastian took a few days off of work with plans to return the following week. As her paranoia increased, she packed up belongings from her apartment and moved into a relatives’ home.
On October 31, 2015, Bastian called her mother in the morning from Phoenix, Arizona. She told her that she had removed her phone’s SIM card and smashed the phone before driving 700 miles from Apple Valley, California to Arizona.
That afternoon, Bastian returned to attend the Harvest Festival for community children with family members at the Apple Valley Faith Center, where her mother is a senior pastor.
At the church, Bastian reportedly told her brother-in-law that she “didn’t want to be Christina Bastian anymore” and “wanted to disappear.” She also considered taking a long break from her job in an attempt to figure out what to do with her life.
When the event ended, Bastian drove to a female friend’s house in Apple Valley, where she was supposed to stay for the night. Her truck was loaded with personal belongings that she had previously packed from her apartment.
On November 1, 2015, Bastian suddenly left her friend’s house around 1:45 am. She took her white and tan Maltipoo dog named Coco with her before driving away in her truck.
Bastian never returned, and has not been heard from since. She disappeared without her wallet, license, bank cards, and eyeglasses, all of which she left behind at her friend’s house.
On November 2, 2015, Bastian’s mother grew concerned when she received a call from someone who found some of Christina’s belongings strewn along Highway 247 near Lucerne Valley. She subsequently filed a missing person’s report with the Apple Valley Police Department.
On November 1, 2015, California Highway Patrol found some of Christina’s belongings on the roadway near Highway 247 and Bodick Road in Johnson Valley, California.
The items, which included her cell phone, an expensive electric guitar, checks, artwork, pictures, and other important personal belongings appeared to have been tossed out of a vehicle window on the road.
On November 2, 2015, Bastian’s vehicle, a silver two-door 1500 Dodge Ram pickup truck, was found abandoned around 7:00 pm on a dirt road off Highway 62 in Morongo Valley, California. The truck, purchased the week prior, had scratches and dents on both sides, seemingly from being driven over rough desert terrain.
On November 11, 2015, a backpack containing pictures, medication, bills, and other items was found on a dirt road near Bear Valley Road and Central Roads. A bumper believed to be from her truck was also found along with the backpack.
On November 24, 2015, a relative identified Bastian’s white and tan maltipoo dog in a local webpage for lost pets. Her family learned that the dog, which was in good health, had been found by a woman on November 1 along Highway 18, near the intersection of Bear Valley Road.
Following her disappearance, multiple unconfirmed sightings of Christina Bastian were reported in Apple Valley, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and the Morongo Basin area in California.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Christina Lynn Bastian please contact the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department-Apple Town Department at (909) 387-3690, or contact the Apple Valley Police Department at (760) 240-7400.
Name: Dane Elkins
Age: 21 years old
Last seen: December 21, 2020
Location: Castaic, California
Status: Still missing
21 year old Dane Elkins has been missing since December 21, 2020. His last known location was in the Grapevine area of Castaic, California, near the I-5 Freeway and Templin Highway.
Dane Elkins’ last known location was in the Grapevine area of Castaic, California, near the I-5 Freeway & Templin Highway at 8:20 pm on December 21, 2020. His car broke down due to flat tires, and he called 911 a few times, saying he wasn’t feeling well.
When authorities arrived on the scene they found his abandoned vehicle on the side of the road with flat tires, but Elkins was gone. His wallet and cellphone were left inside.
Authorities searched the area where his car was found for two days, and community members have been organizing search efforts in hopes of finding him.
Elkins was living with his parents at the time he went missing, and had told his family he was leaving to go live with friends. However, his friends say they haven’t seen or heard from him.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Dane Elkins please contact the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800, the LAPD 24/7 Hotline at (877) 527-3247 or the Tips Hotline at (800) 222-8477.
Name: Asha Kreimer
Age: 26 years old
Last seen: September 21, 2015
Location: Rollerville Junction in Point Arena, California
Status: Still Missing
26 year old Asha Kreimer was last seen at Rollerville Junction in Point Arena, California on September 21, 2015. She disappeared after telling her boyfriend she was going to the restroom at a cafe.
On September 16, 2015, Kreimer and her boyfriend drove to San Francisco’s airport to pick up Sally Scale, a childhood friend of Asha’s from Australia who came to visit.
For the next four days, Kreimer reportedly began to act incoherent and paranoid. She suffered from insomnia and late-night outbursts prompting her boyfriend to suggest she seek help from a mental health professional.
On the evening of September 20, 2015, Gayle and Scales took Kreimer to the emergency room of Mendocino Coast District Hospital in Fort Bragg, California. Kreimer’s condition worsened, and she appeared to be under severe emotional and mental distress.
Fearing Kreimer would present a danger to herself and others, the police were called in. She was handcuffed and placed under a 5150 psychiatric hold. Doctors believed she was experiencing psychosis and a manic bipolar episode.
A few hours later, Kreimer was eventually released to the care of her companions, without evaluation or treatment. On the way home, her erratic behavior continued with claims that she killed a neighbor, and later attempting to jump from the vehicle.
Once the trio got back home, Kreimer didn’t sleep again and tried to run away from home multiple times.
On the morning of September 21, 2015, the trio drove to Rollerville Cafe, an old school American diner in Flumeville near Point Arena, in the hopes that Kreimer would feel better and eat something.
Inside the restaurant, Kreimer remained silent and did not touch her meal. Between 10:30 and 11:00 am, Scales went to use the restroom located out back and Kreimer quickly followed. A couple of minutes later, Scales returned to the table but Kreimer was nowhere to be seen. Scales was unaware Asha had followed her, and says she never saw her enter the restroom.
Kreimer never returned home that day and has not been heard from since. She was barefoot and emotionally distraught, and left without her purse which contained her cellular phone, wallet, identification and credit cards.
After Kreimer’s disappearance, a jacket was discovered on a trail along the cliffs of the Point Arena Lighthouse, less than a mile from the Rollerville Cafe. Police conducted an extensive search of the area but found no signs of her nor her body.
On the day of her disappearance, Asha Kreimer was reportedly spotted in a store around 3:00 pm in the company of an unidentified young man with “sandy” hair. She was later seen on a nearby beach with the same man.
Authorities revealed that Kreimer returned to her home in Albion at some point for her dog, a German Shepherd.
In March 2021, there were unverified sightings of Asha Kreimer in Ukiah and Upper Lake, California, in the company of homeless individuals. She was described as mentally disabled, acting disinhibited at times and walking with a right-sided limp.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Asha Kreimer please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department at (707) 463-4086 or the MCSO tip line at (707) 234-2100.
Name: Matthew Weaver Jr.
Last seen: August 10, 2018
Location: Simi Valley, California
Status: Still Missing
21 year old Matthew Weaver Jr was last seen in Simi Valley, California on August 10, 2018.
He was captured on video heading towards Rosas Overlook at 7:15 am, and sent a text to a friend just before noon, stating something “crazy” was happening and that he wanted to talk. Matthew hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Matthew Weaver was last seen on August 10, 2018 in the 2600 block of Stearns Street in Simi Valley California. He was seen on surveillance video at approximately 7:15 am driving his silver BMW on the Topanga Tower Motorway headed toward Rosas Overlook.
He sent a text message to a friend at approximately 11:55 am, stating something “crazy” was happening and he wanted to talk “while I have the chance.”
The text was sent from the Las Rosas Overlook area, in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. He was never seen or heard from again.
Just after midnight on August 11, the day after Matthew disappeared, hikers reported hearing a man and woman calling for help in the area where surveillance footage captured Matthew’s car.
During their search for the people reportedly in need of help, police found Matthew’s abandoned car on the Topanga Tower Motorway, near Rosas Overlook above the Backbone Trail and Hondo Canyon areas.
In January of 2019, hikers found the keys to Matthew’s car 25 feet from where the vehicle had been found.
Aerial photographs taken by a drone high above the Santa Monica Mountain wilderness area were released by Matthew’s family In January of 2019. Those images helped his family recover a baseball cap and ripped T-shirt that are believed to be Matthew’s.
The Los Angeles Police Department are investigating Matthew’s case which remains unsolved.
If you have any information regarding Matthew Weaver’s disappearance please contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) 275-5273.
Name: Cameron William Remmer
Age: 29 years old
Last seen: October 6, 2011
Location: San Francisco, California
Status: Still Missing
Another unsolved missing persons case from California is that of 29-year-old Cameron Remmer, who was last seen in San Francisco, California on October 6, 2011. He disappeared after leaving his hotel while on a business trip.
On October 1, 2011, Remmer flew to San Francisco, California for a business trip after telling his family he planned to start a legal medical marijuana business.
Remmer checked into the Fairmont Hotel on 950 Mason Street with $30,000 in cash and about 60 to 70 vials of packaged medicinal marijuana.
On October 6, 2011, Remmer spent the night drinking at the Fairmont Hotel’s bar, but was later asked to leave by the hotel staff for erratic behavior at approximately 11:37 p.m.
Around midnight, Remmer checked out of the Fairmont, but checked his bags in with the hotel, intending to pick them up later.
Remmer subsequently called a friend in Arizona, asking him to pay for a hotel room for him that night. The friend agreed, but Remmer suddenly changed his mind and said he had found a place to stay.
On October 7, 2011, his relatives became concerned after Remmer stopped making daily calls to family and friends.
On October 9, 2011, Remmer returned briefly to the Fairmont hotel to retrieve his possessions, but was described as being incoherent and babbling. He ranted nonsensically at desk clerks and was wearing two different shoes.
Remmer eventually left the hotel without his possessions that he had stored with the bellman, including his luggage, cash, and marijuana. Remmer was supposed to return home on October 30, 2011, but never made it back and hasn’t been heard from since.
On October 11, 2011, his family filed a missing persons report with the San Francisco Police Department.
His phone record, bank account, and social media have shown no activity since he disappeared. His car was left behind at his father’s house in Fallbrook, California
According to his family, Remmer may have stopped taking his medication on September 20, 2011. His family believes he may be wandering the streets of San Francisco following a psychotic break experience.
In the aftermath of Cameron Remmer’s disappearance, several unconfirmed sightings were reported in the San Francisco area. He may appear unkempt and have long hair.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Cameron Remmer please contact the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 553-1071.
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