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Vigil scheduled Friday for missing teen

Posted: February 27, 2014 6:56 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2014 6:56 p.m.
Bryce Laspisa, missing since Aug. 30.  Bryce Laspisa, missing since Aug. 30. 
Bryce Laspisa, missing since Aug. 30. 

Vigils for missing teen Bryce Laspisa are scheduled to unfold simultaneously at three points across the country Friday denoting where he grew up, where he went to school and where he disappeared, which was in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The vigils mark the six-month anniversary in the on-going search for Laspisa. He vanished Aug. 30, 2013.

“We will be holding six-month vigils in three separate locations for our son, Bryce Laspisa,” said Karen Laspisa in an email Wednesday.

“Many of you have been following and supporting our family during this difficult time,” she said. “We are hoping for good turnouts at all vigils.”

Laspisa’s local vigil is slated to get under way at 3 p.m. Friday at the Real Life Church on Newhall Ranch Road in Valencia near McBean Parkway.

Other vigils are scheduled for Naperville, Il., where Bryce Laspisa grew up, and in Rocklin, Ca., where he attended Sierra College near Sacramento.

Bryce Laspisa, whose parents live in Laguna Niguel, was believed to have disappeared somewhere in the Castaic Lake area on Aug. 30, a Friday.

He left Sierra College two days earlier on his way to Laguna Niguel. California Highway Patrol officers found his 2003 Toyota Highlander SUV on its side at the bottom of a 15-foot ravine, the back window shattered. All of his belongings, including his wallet, cellphone, and laptop, were found at the crash site.

The first week of the search involved Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department 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.

“None of the many searches, or possible sightings, have turned up any information regarding what happened to Bryce or his current location,” searches said in a news release about the vigil.

“He is not wanted by law enforcement,” the release points out. “His parents want him to know that they love him unconditionally and remain hopeful that Bryce will be found or contact them.”
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