Brian Edgardo Fernandez
Fernandez, approximately 2016; Olivia Gonzalez
Date and time person was reported missing : 12/23/2016
Missing location (approx) :
Los Angeles, California
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 09/27/1995 (25)
Age at the time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 160 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Fernandez was last seen in Los Angeles, California on December 23, 2016. He left home with his girlfriend, Olivia Hannah Gonzalez, and their two dogs, in a tan 2002 Honda Civic Del Sol with the California license plate number 5VUD295. A photo of Gonzalez is posted with this case summary.
They were last seen when they stopped in Cambria, California and made a purchase at a store and gas station. They were going to the Big Sur area and were expected back on Christmas Day, but they never returned.
On January 3, the couple's vehicle was found wrecked at the base of a 325-foot cliff off the side of the Pacific Coast Highway near Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County, California. Gonzalez's body and the body of one of the dogs was inside the car; they'd been killed in the crash. The second dog's body was found a few days later.
There was no sign of Fernandez and an extensive search turned up no indication of his whereabouts. Police think he was probably also fatally injured and his body was ejected from the vehicle into the water and washed away. It has never been found.
Other information and links : ncy
Los Angeles Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Los Angeles Daily News
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
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