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    CA - Eric Sears, 17, Joshua Tree National Park, 15 July 2004

    I have not seen this posted yet, but I have heard a great deal about it from the local news.

    Eric Sears, age 17 years, has been missing since last Thursday (7/15/04) while hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. He was last seen in the vicinity of Jumbo Rocks Campground.

    Eric is 5'11", 150 lbs, with short cropped light brown hair.

    His website is: www.ericsears.com

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    Police now suspect foul play, according to Yesterday's LA Times. They are investigating another 17-year old, the friend who last saw him alive

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    Family organizes own search for Carlsbad teen

    By: YVETTE URREA - Staff Writer

    JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ---- The parents of Eric Sears, a Carlsbad teenager who disappeared last week while hiking in this vast, rocky area, said Wednesday that they are not giving up on finding their son and are organizing their own search.

    "We have a lot of hope," said Eric's mother, Wendy Sears. "Today is only day six, so if he's in a dark cool crevice, he can survive."

    http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004..._567_21_04.txt

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    A search warrant was served Thursday morning at the home of 17-year-old Ben Fogelstrom, that was with Eric Sears the night he went missing in Joshua Tree National Park, 10News reported.

    Riverside County Sheriff's Department deputies along with Carlsbad police officials went to the home around 10 a.m.

    No details on the search warrant were released. No arrests were made.

    Homicide detectives from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department launched an investigation into Sears' disappearance after some park visitors gave statements that led authorities to believe foul play was involved, park spokesman Joe Zarki said. According to 10News, some campers said they heard Sears arguing with someone the night before he was reported missing.

    Search crews found some of Sears' shoeprints Monday and dogs were able to pick up his scent, but the discovery led to nothing, officials said.

    I also head that they found his camera with pictures on it. This was on the morning news in Los Angeles. I hope that this will give some clues to where he might be or what happened. They did not release any other information then the dates that the pictures were dated to. Maybe this is part of the reason they have decided to search his friend's house.

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    it would not surprise me to find that the friend is involved with his disappearence. if his friend had erics scent on him that could be why the dogs lost out on the scent. seems strange that a scent trail would just stop suddenly. the people that heard the argument, was that while they were at camp? any steep bluffs around the camp site? did they have any kind of digging tools in there camp bags?

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    Unhappy Drugs May Be Involved !!

    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/3562501/detail.html

    Sources told NBC 7/39 that there are suspicions that the boys were using jimson weed while they were in the Jumbo Rocks area of the park. Jimson weed grows naturally in the desert environment and when ingested can be a highly potent hallucinogen.

    In other developments, the family of the missing local teen Eric Sears announced Thursday that they are organizing their own search of Joshua Tree National Park.

    The Carlsbad boy was last seen a week ago in the park. His mother, Wendy Sears, continues hoping for the best.

    "We have a lot of hope," Sears, told the North County Times. "Today is only Day 6, so if he's in a dark, cool crevice, he can survive."

    Friends and neighbors of Sears family are banding together to help in the search for the missing teen. Crouched on the concrete floor of a shady garage, youngsters in the neighborhood are doing what they can to help out.

    "I just want to help out without going up there," said one young girl.

    More than 30 neighbors like Sue Ward are taking time off their jobs to take shifts in the desert and to try and comfort the Sears family.

    "The Sears and everyone in this whole neighborhood are like a family," said Ward, who just got back from the desert. "It's a big family, and we've been there to support them however we can."

    On Wednesday night, the family of Eric's camping partner and friend issued a statement.

    "I want to express our deepest concerns, and our hearts and prayers are with Eric at every moment," read the statement that the friend's family gave to NBC 7/39. "In our hearts, we are all praying that Eric is found safe, we want this and pray for it."

    The search continued Wednesday night, and Riverside County sheriff's department officials said that was still no trace of the teen.

    Another candle-light vigil was planned for outside the Sears' family home in Carlsbad on Wednesday night. Previous Stories:



    ALOHA !! FROM SAN DIEGO

    MOTTO TO LIVE BY:

    "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming.

    WOOHOO, what a ride!!!"

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    Unhappy Cops: Missing Teen's Friend Is 'Person Of Interest

    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/3567447/detail.html

    Cops: Missing Teen's Friend Is 'Person Of Interest'
    Investigators Search Camping Partner's House

    POSTED: 6:51 pm PDT July 22, 2004
    UPDATED: 9:09 pm PDT July 22, 2004

    SAN DIEGO -- While the best friend of a missing teen is "not a suspect," he is a "person of interest," investigators said Thursday.



    Detectives from the Riverside Sheriff's Department began searching the home of a 17-year-old Carlsbad High School graduate (pictured, right) Thursday. The boy was the last person to see Eric Sears before he went missing in Joshua Tree National Park last week.

    While investigators would not say what they were looking for, NBC 7/39 reported that a computer, a bedroom door and a tackle box were removed from the house.

    The friend is not a suspect, but is "a person of interest," investigators said.

    "Foul play is still a theory," said Sgt. Earl Quinata, of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. "But he's just one focus that we're working on. We're going through Riverside County, San Diego County, LA County; we're working on all leads at this point."

    Stephanie Sears, Eric Sears' sister, said she thought the investigation was "odd."

    "It was so late in the investigation but I guess they have to cover all areas," Stephanie Sears said.

    Stephanie Sears also said she had a difficult time believing reports that her brother may have ingested jimson weed, a powerful, naturally-growing drug that can lead to symptoms of blindness, hallucinations, seizures and comas and cardiac arrest. She said Eric "never talked about anything like that" but that she would have expected it from his camping partner.

    The family of Eric's camping partner also issued a statement Thursday, saying while the investigation was "uncomfortable," it was "nothing compared to what Sears' family was going through."

    "We are fully cooperating and do not want to take anything away from the efforts to find Eric," the statement read.



    ALOHA !! FROM SAN DIEGO

    MOTTO TO LIVE BY:

    "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming.

    WOOHOO, what a ride!!!"

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    Body of missing hiker found in Joshua Tree National Park

    JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- A body has been found in Joshua Tree National Park, not far from where a 17-year-old boy disappeared last week.

    A member of the Carlsbad fire department made the discovery this afternoon. The missing hiker, Eric Sears, is from Carlsbad. National Park ranger Cindy Von Halle ways the body was found two and one-half miles east of Jumbo Rocks.

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    Unhappy Male Body Found In Joshua Tree !!

    http://www.thesandiegochannel.com/ne...04220207232004

    I'm sure its Eric...

    [b]Body Found In Joshua Tree National Park
    Search Crews Find Male Body

    POSTED: 2:10 pm PDT July 23, 2004
    UPDATED: 2:33 pm PDT July 23, 2004

    SAN DIEGO -- A body has been found in Joshua Tree National Park, not far from where a 17-year-old boy disappeared last week, 10News reported.

    A member of the Carlsbad fire department made the discovery around 11:30 a.m.

    The missing hiker, Eric Sears, is from Carlsbad. National Park Ranger Cindy Von Halle says the body was found 2.5 miles east of Jumbo Rocks.

    According to Riverside sheriff officials, the body was clothed only in boxer shorts.

    Sears went missing July 15 while he and a friend were staying at the Jumbo Rocks campground at Joshua Tree.

    Riverside County authorities believe Sears may have fallen victim to some sort of crime, as opposed to merely getting lost in the wilderness.

    On Thursday, detectives investigated the home of 17-year-old Ben Fogelstrom, the friend who accompanied Sears on the outing.

    About a half-dozen investigators from the Central Homicide unit of the Riverside County's Sheriff's Department spent six hours Thursday at Fogelstrom's home in Carlsbad.

    Quinata said there was "probable cause" to search the Fogelstrom home based on interviews with more than 30 people during the past week. He said Fogelstrom is not a suspect.

    The National Park Service reopened the Jumbo Rocks campground Thursday, which had been closed since Friday.



    ALOHA !! FROM SAN DIEGO

    MOTTO TO LIVE BY:

    "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming.

    WOOHOO, what a ride!!!"

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    Eric Sears-died in Joshua Tree-foul play or accident?

    This is an odd case. I cannot get all the facts, but it appears two teenagers went camping, one lost track of the other, and one turned up dead. There was evidence that foul play MIGHT have been involved. Tragic story for both families.

    Carlsbad Youth Last seen on Thursday
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/n...m19search.html
    Search weighs heavy on missing teen's friend
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniont...1mc22lost.html
    Homicide inquiry begins while search continues
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniont...1m20lost1.html
    Body Found
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/n...1mc24eric.html
    Lawyer hired for friend
    http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniont..._1m25eric.html
    Just the facts, Ma'am.


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    Investigators suspect body found is Eric Sears.

    http://www.thesandiegochannel.com/ne...06000107262004

    This is so tragic.

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    I posted several links over on the Found forum, bacause he is most likely found. There wasn't another missing blond teenager in Joshua Park. I didn't see this thread over here.
    Just the facts, Ma'am.

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    SAN DIEGO Authorities used dental records Monday to identify a decomposed body found last week in Joshua Tree National Park as that of a missing San Diego County teen.

    The Riverside County coroner's bureau determined that searchers had discovered the body of Eric Sears, 17, of Carlsbad, who was reported missing on July 15, sheriff's Cpl. Dennis Gutierrez said Monday.

    From what I have heard, they said that there were no obvious signs of foul play on the body.

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    Having read what I could on this case, it strikes me as possibly overdosing on jimson weed?

    Just a thought..........

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    Only made official identification of him yesterday - autopsy report didn't show cause of death, but no blunt trauma discovered, so thinking this was accidental, maybe drugs involved - so sad

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