I received an email tonight from my friend Adam, explaining that his father, David Boone, has been missing last Tuesday afternoon. His whereabouts are unknown.
From the email:
we assumed he went to the hiking trails near his house to walk and clear his head. so far. we've scouted the area 4 different times, with helicopters twice, i accompanied a bloodhound yesterday. i spoke with 5 different news channels and the o.c register and l.a times wrote about it. we've sent fliers around to every bus and train station, hospital, homeless shelter, psychiatric ward, library and campground. we've spoken to every family member, friend, business associate, lawyer. he doesn't gamble, drink, smoke, do drugs, or have health or medical problems. we've check e-mails and phone records. nothing out of the ordinary. we have absolutely no leads.
The story is all over the local news here in Southern California.
From the LA Times:
As more time goes on, the situation gets grimmer," said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. "I hope I'm wrong, [but] it adds up to disaster."
David Boone, a father of four, was last seen by son Davis, 17, about 2 p.m. Tuesday, when, authorities believe, he may have taken a stroll in the hillsides near their Foothill Ranch home near Lake Forest. Terrie Boone, David Boone's wife, from whom he has been separated for more than two years, said she stopped by his house about 6:30 p.m. after she was unable to reach him by phone. The house was dark, she said, and the family grew increasingly concerned.
"By Tuesday night," she said, "the alarm went up. By that time it was dark; we were all here in the apartment waiting for him to call. And he did not."
The family called police early Wednesday to file a missing-persons report.
Boone left no note. His car, mountain bike and wallet were all in the house, leading the family to speculate that he may have gone hiking in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, a favorite spot. In the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, Boone's four sons, ages 17 to 27, got on their mountain bikes and combed the trails searching for him, Terrie Boone said.
He is white, 6 foot 3, 230 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (714) 647-7055 during regular business hours or at (714) 628-7170 after hours.
Please keep Adam's family in your hearts and minds during this ordeal. If anyone has even a shred of info, please contact the OC Sheriff's Dept. As his friend, I have no idea what to do to help, besides get the word out to as many people as possible, and pray that his father is safe.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this.