An Irishman has been reported missing in California nearly four months after he was last heard from. Authorities in Murietta say that David O'Sullivan was last heard from on April 7. At the time of his disappearance, O'Sullivan was hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail which stretches from Mexico to the Canadian border. The hike is thought to take as long five months to complete.
It's not clear as to why O'Sullivan's disappearance has only made news in August. The Irish Times reports that his parents first contacted authorities about the situation in May and again on June 30.
After the May report, O'Sullivan's brother, Niall, told the Times that there had been activity on his brother's bank account and his family assumed he just needed to charge his tablet. O'Sullivan did not have an international data plan and had been using Wi-Fi to make contact.
In May, he had been due to meet a friend in Santa Barbara but he never showed. The Times reports that O'Sullivan had left Ireland on March 20 to hike the trail. Niall O'Sullivan said his brother was new to hiking and that there had been numerous false reports of sightings regarding his brother.
O'Sullivan last emailed his parents from Idyllwild, a town located in the San Jacinto Mountains about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.
The missing man is a native of Middleton, County Cork, and is known to be an active member of the Labour party. The description in his missing poster says that O'Sullivan has brown hair, blue eyes, wears glasses and stands at 5-foot-10.
TheJournal.ie reports that the Department of Foreign Affairs is aware of O'Sullivan's disappearance.
Anybody with any information about O'Sullivan's disappearance is asked to call the Murrieta Police Department on 951-696-3615 or Detective Lawlor on 951-545-0030.
H/T: Murietta Police Department
H/T: The Irish Times