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UCLA graduate student reported missing

Michael Meyers, a UCLA graduate student in physics, was reported missing Sunday night. He was last known to be hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. (Courtesy of Catherine Meyers)

This post was updated on Nov. 18 at 7:09 p.m.

Michael Meyers, a UCLA graduate student in physics, was reported missing Sunday night. He was last known to be hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Catherine Meyers, Meyers’ mother, said her son planned to climb Mount Russell or Mount Whitney on Nov. 6. She added she reported his disappearance to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department Sunday night, and contacted university police Monday.

Meyers, 25, was expected to return to UCLA for his studies Nov. 9. His family last heard from him Nov. 8, said David Meyers, the student’s father.

Police described Meyers in a press release as 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He last bought water and gas at a gas station on the way to Mount Russell, according to ATM records.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s dispatcher Faith Felton said officers are still looking for Meyers.

Catherine Meyers said her son left UCLA alone on Nov. 5, and has previously hiked in the region.

William Meyers, the student’s brother, said Meyers often participates in extreme outdoor adventures. He added Meyers has not been online on Facebook for nine days.

“Michael and I talk every day on Facebook, so when he wasn’t on Facebook for about a week I started becoming concerned,” William Meyers said.

Catherine Meyers said she initially thought it was normal for Meyers to not call for a few days, and thought he was busy preparing for the American Physical Society conference he planned to attend this week.

David Meyers said he doesn’t think there is any reason to believe Meyers would intentionally disappear or cut off communications.

Nancy Greenstein, a UCPD spokesperson, said UCPD officers will assist with the search, but the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department search and rescue team is leading the investigation.

David Meyers added police and forest rangers have been actively searching the Sierra Nevada area, but have not been able to find Meyers’ car, a 2002 gray Dodge Durango with California license plate number 7DIB540.

“Any little piece of information will help,” David Meyers said. “We just want to make sure he gets home safe.”

Anyone with information about Meyers can call Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800 or David Meyers at 320-249-1222.

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Roberto Luna Jr. is currently a senior staffer covering Westwood, crime and transportation. He was previously an assistant News editor from 2015-2016 and a News contributor from 2014-2015.

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  • OpenTrackRacer

    Sounds like he could have been in the Mojave too. I hope someone is trying to narrow the search area by checking cellphone records. That and finding his car are critical.

  • Pete

    Please pray that he is found alive and well.