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Wrecked car in ravine could be linked to missing persons case

Detectives looking for Burbank man work scene on Angeles Crest Highway

Posted: September 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
This undated photo shows Gevork Boyadzhyan, 24, of Burbank, who went missing on July 20. This undated photo shows Gevork Boyadzhyan, 24, of Burbank, who went missing on July 20.
This undated photo shows Gevork Boyadzhyan, 24, of Burbank, who went missing on July 20.

A car discovered at the bottom of a ravine along the Angeles Crest Highway on Sunday could be a clue in the mystery of a Burbank man who disappeared July 20, officials said.

The vehicle, found abandoned some 400 feet down a ravine at mile marker 65 on the sometimes-treacherous highway, may be linked to Gevork Boyadzhyan, who was last seen leaving his Burbank home July 20 in a white 2010 Lexus, said Sgt. Jeff Lamoureaux of the Burbank Police Department. Boyadzhyan was reported missing July 24.

“It could be a traffic collision — we don’t know,” Lamoureaux said.

Los Angeles County firefighters responded to the report of a car over the side of the road on Sunday afternoon, but access to the vehicle was difficult, said Fire Department Supervisor Kyle Sanford.

“It was our understanding that it was an abandoned vehicle,” Sanford said.

Deputies with the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station in La Crescenta initially began a search of the area but were told to pull back when Burbank police detectives were called in. Deputies were protecting the scene late into the afternoon.

“All we’re doing is treating it as a crime scene and holding it until detectives arrive,” said Lt. Brian Fitch of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“We got a Burbank report of a vehicle missing in connection with a missing person’s report filed July 24,” he said of the case.

Friends and family searching for Boyadzhyan for more than a month expressed hope he is alive and well on a Facebook page devoted to finding him.

One comment posted by someone who identified himself as the missing man’s brother reads:

“One month, one week, and six days since my brother disappeared and we still don’t have any idea what happened to him ... no idea where he is or when we will see him again.

“My brother left the house that (July 20) Saturday night, told my mom he will be back, and disappeared,” the post reads. “No one has seen or heard from him since... I don’t know what else to say... I don’t know what to think, I don’t know what to do... Nothing makes any sense... please continue to pray for his safe return.”
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