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Search for missing teen continues

Volunteers refuse to give up on Bryce Laspisa, who went missing near Castaic Lake in Aug.

Posted: October 20, 2013 8:00 p.m.
Updated: October 20, 2013 8:00 p.m.

The latest search for missing 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa involving family members working with volunteers with the Klaas Kids Foundation found no trace of the teen despite two days of searching, the boy’s mother said.

“We held searches yesterday and today,” Karen Laspisa said Sunday.

“Nothing was found. There were a few sightings posted on Facebook the past couple of days but they were confirmed not Bryce,” she said. “We continue to have hope Bryce is out there somewhere and is found safe.”

The Klaas Kids Foundation was set up in 1994 to help families coping with missing children following the murder of 12-year-old Polly Hannah Klaas. The foundation brings together concerned citizens, law enforcement agencies and organizations in helping families.

The Laspisa family called on volunteers with the Klaas Kids Foundation after more than seven weeks of fruitless efforts to find the missing teen.

“Klaas Kids is known throughout the country for going in and searching,” said foundation spokeswoman Tricia Griffith.

“We do have people who know us and come out to help when we’re in their area,” she said Sunday.

At least 40 Klaas Kids volunteers searched the eastern edge of Castaic Lake on the weekend, she said.

“The families are so grateful,” Griffith said. “With these searches, even if nothing turns up, the families know that people care, that strangers care.”

Bryce Laspisa, who attended Sierra College near Sacramento and whose parents live in Laguna Niguel, was believed to have disappeared somewhere in the Castaic Lake area on Friday, Aug. 30.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Aug. 28, the young man left Sierra College and began his drive to Laguna Niguel.

At 5:30 a.m. Aug. 30, officers of the California Highway Patrol found his 2003 Toyota Highlander SUV on its side at the bottom of a 15-foot ravine, the back window shattered.

The first week of the search involved Los Angeles County Sheriff’s divers, motorcycle officers, helicopter pilots and dog-handlers scouring in and around Castaic Lake.

On Sept. 30, a month after Laspisa vanished, about 50 people held a candlelight vigil for him and prayed for his safe return, The Laspisa family, however, never stopped searching.

After reaching out to them for help, Volunteers at the Klaas Kids Foundation kicked off a two-day search program, beginning with a meeting at the Holiday Inn Express on Wayne Mills Place in Valencia Saturday morning.

On Oct. 1, 1993, Polly Klaas, 12, was kidnapped at knife point during a slumber party in Petaluma and later strangled.

In 1996, Richard Allen Davis was convicted of her murder and sentenced to death.

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