BRYCE LASPISA IS STILL MISSING!
BRYCE LASPISA STILL MISSING!
Hey LTWH family members – I want to take a moment to ask everyone to keep sharing Bryce Laspisa’s story. He is still missing, and his family is still enduring this nightmare. All they want is to know that Bryce is OK.
I haven’t really said much regarding my personal opinion of this case, and I think it’s about time I did. I know that with Bryce being an adult, that some people out there tend to lose their sensitivity, and they tend to lean towards blaming Bryce and his family for Bryce’s disappearance. Watching some do this is troubling for me, and as a mother, it is hard to keep my responses PG, because all I want to do is rip them apart. The Laspisa family is a family that is hurting, and how anyone can turn on them is baffling.
Here’s the thing, the only thing you need to remember, as a mother I can 100% positively say that regardless of how old our children are, they are still our children and we still have the need to make sure they are safe, healthy and happy. It doesn’t matter if your child is 1 or 20 – you will stay lay down your life for them without a thought. Bryce is a young man that is making his way in the world, and he is doing so confidently, positively, and independently. He is an adult, he no longer needs someone telling him the iron is hot, that picking your nose is gross, that daring your brother to jump off a bunk bed is reckless, and that pulling a girl’s hair is not the right way to show them you like them. He is not a little boy, and the entire world acknowledges this, but that does not mean that he does not need support, guidance and encouragement. Bryce is still Mike and Karen’s son, and to them he will always be that boy with the sweet smile who makes you laugh. They will always tell him they love him, kiss him and hug him and worry about him. (Parents are very skilled in the worrying department, so we do it well, and we do it often.) Before Bryce walks into the church to marry the woman he loves, his Mom will still be the one straightening his tie, brushing his shoulder and the one that calms his nerves, tells him she loves him, and holds back the tears until he is not looking. When Bryce is 25 and making repairs to his new home, his Dad will still be the one showing him how to install a ceiling fan, the one showing him the difference between a cedar fence and an oak fence, and he will be the one that puffs his chest out with pride when Bryce fixes that leak under the sink. When Bryce is 30 and learns that he is about to become a parent himself – it will be Mike and Karen who say to each other, I can’t believe our baby’s having a baby! The point I am making here is that no matter how old Bryce is, the first people he will turn to with his greatest joys and success’, and with his greatest fears and failures will be his Mom and Dad.
We need to keep this in mind when we become quick to judge – we need to remember that what this is coming down to, is a Mom and a Dad wanting to make sure their son is OK, that he is safe, and that he knows they will always be there for him. That he can never disappoint them causing them to turn their backs on him. They want to tell him that they love him, and they miss him.
No one here has done anything wrong. Not Mike, not Karen, not Bryce. There is no doubt a tragic accident occurred, that there are more questions than answers right now – but just because this remains unknown – does not mean that anyone can be blamed for something we don’t even know has happened.
So I would like to ask each of you to look at your child tonight, and when that warm love takes over, remind yourself that that is how Mike and Karen feel when they look at Bryce, regardless of his age.
Speculation runs high – but mean nothing. The facts remain the facts and what we know beyond a shadow of a doubt is this:
- Bryce went missing after a car accident.
- There has been no evidence to point to what has happened to Bryce.
- Bryce is not wanted by any law enforcement agency.
- His family is not angry with him and loves him.
- His friends are worried and hope that he is okay.
- Bryce did nothing wrong and is not in any trouble.
- His family wants to help him if he needs help.
We are begging anyone out there with any possible information about Bryce to please call the tip line at 1-949-292-4400. The tip line is NOT monitored by anyone or in any way, and any call can be made anonymously.
PLEASE make the call. PLEASE let the Laspisa’s know that their son is okay.
PLEASE do not sentence them to another day of this torture if you have any small hint of information about Bryce.
PLEASE SHARE BRYCE’S STORY!
You can share your support with Bryce’s family on their FaceBook page – and I encourage all of you to keep sending them your thoughts. They are very grateful for it, and appreciate the support.
Normally I will only cover the cases of missing children, however, a Lighting Their Way Home family member has reached out and asked that we post some information to circulate surrounding the disappearance of 19 year old Bryce Laspisa.
Bryce Laspisa has been missing since August 30, 2013. His family had moved to Laguna Niguel in Orange County after Bryce graduated from Naperville Central High School last year. At the time of his disappearance, Bryce was attending Sierra College. He was driving home on the night of August 30 to visit his parents, Michael and Karen Laspisa. He placed a call to his parents to let them know he would be pulling off to the side of the road to take a quick nap. That was the last anyone ever heard from Bryce.
The next morning, Bryce’s SUV was found flipped on its side, with its rear window shattered, in a ravine near the lake. Bryce’s wallet and cell phone were located in the SUV, but there were no signs of Bryce. Searchers were called in and K9 units did track a scent in a direction of the lake, but unfortunately lost it shortly after. The nearby lake was searched, the surrounding trails were searched, and the stretches of difficult bushy terrain surrounding the crash scene were also searched.
A burned body was located a few miles from Bryce’s car, but has been identified as Lamondre Miles, 35, and is in no way connected to Bryce’s disappearance.
As the days passed with no sign of Bryce, the searches were scaled back, and have now been officially called off. Authorities have been unable to locate any evidence to show what may have happened to Bryce, and more importantly where this young man is.
Bryce’s parents have planned a vigil for their son to be held at Frontier Park behind Neuqua Valley High School at 3880 Cedar Glade Drive on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.. The family has asked those attending wear orange or white to honor Bryce. No candles will be used at the vigil, but rather glow sticks will be handed out. The vigil will coincide with other vigils being held for Bryce. A vigil will be at held on the same day, at the same time, in Castaic Lake, California, at the site where Bryce’s overturned SUV was found. A third vigil will be held at Rocklin, CA Sierra College were Bryce was starting to attend as a sophomore. I strongly encourage that anyone who is able to attend these vigils, take the time to stop by, and show your support. If anyone of us were ever in the Laspisa’s situation, this family would support us, and encourage us to not give up hope, and we need to now do this very thing for them. 1 glow stick may seem insignificant to some, but to the Laspisas, that glow stick is a ray of hope.
Please visit the FaceBook page set up for Bryce to stay updated on announcements and press coverage, and leave a comment in support of Bryce’s family. He is their only son, and their hearts are breaking not knowing where their son is, or if he’s hurt. We need to find this young man, and bring him home.
Bryce Laspisa is a white male, standing 5’11”, weighing 170 lbs. He has red hair and blue eyes. Bryce also has a tattoo of a bull’s head with a Roman numeral on his left shoulder. He was last seen wearing white cargo shirts, a blue and white shirt, and white and red Nike sneakers.
BRYCE MAY BE IN NEED OF MEDICAL ATTENTION
If you have any information at all regarding the disappearance of Bryce Laspisa, please immediately contact Detective Chris Carns at 1-323-890-5500.
Let’s Light His Way Home
Bryce’s vigils were all a great success. I would like to thank each and every person who attended the vigils to show their support for the Laspisa family and their dedication to finding Bryce and bringing him home. We will continue to update you with information regarding any more events being held in Bryce’s name. Thank you again for attending the vigils!
I just wanted to take the opportunity to remind all of our followers that Bryce Laspisa is still missing, but the hopes of finding this young man alive, remain high. When I asked Bryce’s parents, Karen and Mike, what they would like to share with all of Bryce’s, family, friends and supporters, they responded:
“Our position at this point is that we are worried about him. He is not wanted by any law enforcement agency. Bryce did nothing wrong and he is not in trouble. We are not angry with him and love him. If you have seen Bryce recently, we are desperate to know that he is okay, and would like to help him if he needs help. More than anything, we need to know where he is and that he is okay.”
In the small amount of contact I have had with the Laspisa family, I knew instantly that these are great people. They are kind, thoughtful and utterly determined to find their son. Bryce is a great young man with his future still laid out before him. As a mother myself, I can only begin to image the fear and devastation that Bryce’s parents are experiencing. As a parent, every moment of every day where you do not know where your children are or if they are okay, every cell in your body just screams we need to find them, we can’t stop until we find them. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, matters until you have your baby back in your arms. Karen and Mike have handled these tragic events with a grace and dignity that only few possess. We need to ensure that we never stop spreading Bryce’s story, not only because we want to find Bryce, but also because his parents deserve our support and attention. They deserve to be comforted in their time of need.
Wristbands have been made in Bryce’s honor, and are being offered by the family. The wristbands are free, all his family is asking is that you wear the bracelet and spread Bryce’s story.
If you would like to request a bracelet, please send a self addressed, stamped envelope per wristband to:
FIND BRYCE LASPISA
C/O CHERYL LUTGE-STEPHENS
785 TUCKER ROAD PMB G499
If you would like to make a donation to help the family in their continued efforts to find Bryce, please go to the website set up for Bryce.
A new YouTube video has been released in which Bryce’s parents ask for Bryce to come home safe. Please take a moment to watch it at the link below.
The most important thing to know is that until Bryce is found, we will not stop looking, and we will ensure that his face remains in the spotlight. This is an incredible young man with a loving family that just desperately miss Bryce. Please pass Bryce’s story on to as many people as you can, forward it on to your email contact list, post the posters on your FaceBook page, continue to volunteer to help search for Bryce. Pass Bryce’s story on as you would if he was your own son.
So once again, I am asking the Lighting Their Way Home family and supporters to do what we do best. Turn on those porch lights, light those candles, it’s time to …
Light Bryce’s Way Home.
BRYCE LASPISA – 6 MONTH VIGILS TO BE HELD
CASTAIC LAKE VIGIL HAS CHANGED LOCATIONS – THE NEW INFORMATION IS POSTED BELOW
ALSO – STAY TUNED FRIDAY AS WE RELEASE NEW INFORMATION ABOUT WHO BRYCE REALLY IS EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR.
Hey Family – We need your support and passion to really shine through once again and Light Bryce Laspisa’s Way Home
Bryce has been missing for just under 6 months now. Vigils have been planned for the 6 month anniversary of his disappearance. This case remains a mystery, and Karen and Mike Laspisa still are forced to live everyday wondering where their son is – and all you parents out there can imagine the nightmare they live each day. If you are able to attend the vigils, the family would be exceptionally grateful.
CASTAIC LAKE VIGIL
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Castaic Lake Vigil will be held at the Real Life Church, 25115 Avenue Stanford, Unit 101 in Valencia, CA. The location and times have been changed to keep all attendees dry as the weather forecast is not being friendly to us at the moment. If you would like to see how you can help, please follow the link to the FB Event Notice below and speak to Anna Castillo.
Just a side note – Anna Castillo has done an incredible job planning and organizing the vigil, an absolutely amazing woman – so those of you that are able to attend, if you see Anna, give her a hug, she deserves it!
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Naperville vigil will be held at the Naperville Women’s Club at 14 South Washington. The vigil will be indoors so there will be NO candles. Orange glow sticks will be handed out to those attending instead of candles. If you would like to see how you can help, please follow the link to the FB Event Notice below and speak to Emily Barenbrugge.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014
5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
The Rocklin vigil will be held at the Sierra College Quad on campus, at 5000 Rocklin Road. If you would like to see how you can help, please follow the link to the FB Event Notice below and speak to Melody Duncan.
FOR ALL VIGILS – PLEASE WEAR ORANGE IN HONOR OF BRYCE
For all of you angels that cannot attend the vigils in person, I would like to ask that each of you light a candle for Bryce on the evening of Friday, February 28. We need all the lights shining that we can get.
Another great way you can help raise awareness for Bryce is to display ORANGE ribbons on your front door, trees etc. The more orange ribbons we have lining our streets, the more awareness we have for Bryce.
Thank you all in advance for contributing, supporting and attending the vigils.
Please stop by Bryce’s FB Page and leave the family a message of support – it helps them get through the days.
PLEASE JOIN US IN CELEBRATING BRYCE LASPISA’S 20th BIRTHDAY!!
We are asking everyone to celebrate Bryce’s birthday with a few of his favorite things, sugar cookies and Mountain Dew. April 30, 2014 is Bryce’s 20th birthday. So my beautiful family, grab some sugar cookies and Mountain Dew the next time you are going to the store, and take a photo of you and your family enjoying Bryce’s favorite things! Please email your photos to LightingTheirWayHome@hotmail.ca , or send them in a private message on the Lighting Their Way Home Facebook page, and we will post them for everyone to see. It is a small gesture that will only take a moment, and it is a gesture that means the world to Karen and Mike. Your support and love get them through the days, so please don’t be shy and send in your photos!
Thanks to Janel for advocating for Bryce!