Christopher Stephen Sylvia (28) could be missing for multiple reasons, but I thought his case was interesting enough to share. There's a cluster of missing people fitting the Missing 411 profiles to the north with one single one to the southwest.
Missing Listing: http://archive.is/S9G7D
He left on February 12th and disappeared February 16th/17th, 2015 from the Buddhist Temple off of Chihuahua Valley Road in Warner Springs. He was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Anza to Campo on the Mexico border. He was supposed to meet a friend on the 17th who was bringing him provisions as well as going to explore the temple with him. The friend arrived but Sylvia did not. The friend figured Sylvia decided not to stop at the temple and eventually left. Hikers found Sylvia's camping equipment outside the temple in an open area.
Christopher's mother states that all five of her children on experienced hikers. She said that her son didn't hike solo to her knowledge, but he had just gone through a break up and wanted to go on the hike to clear his head. She and his room mate do not believe he was depressed enough to be suicidal. She also found it strange that he left his hiking gear, sleeping bag, backpack and identification. An out of character decision for someone who was usually a very aware hiker.
Nancy believes that her son was the victim of foul play. However, police have not declared it a criminal investigation yet.
Another article reference to support the above: http://archive.is/iCMgg
After searching for three days and finding no sign of Christopher, searchers had to temporarily suspend due to weather. A storm was supposed to come in, bringing snow with it and possibly a white out.
Article to support above statements: http://archive.is/Woouf
The search for Chrisopher Stephen Sylvia is suspended after two weeks of searching for the missing hiker. They did not fully end the investigation, stating that they would follow and look into any leads that came in.
Another hiker, Mary Litch, came upon something very interesting. A pair of hiking sandals with a packet of beef stew folded up and slipped inside. She found them six miles north of the Sheriff's search grid. Granted, these could belong to someone else, as Christopher Sylvia was reported as wearing hiking boots when he went missing. That being said, he could have changed shoes. I don't believe a pair of boots was listed among his possessions, but I haven't found a thorough check list of the stuff.
She also stated that she has hiked the trail numerous times and has come across Mountain Lions, but they were shy and never posed a threat to her. She said that she was more wary of people than the animals. Be that as it may, perhaps Sylvia was mauled by a cougar when he stepped away from his belongings? Though no signs of a cougar attack were found and season had greenery to provide for deer and thus food for the big cat. Or perhaps he met an unsavory person at the temple?
Another article to support the above as well as previous reference to relationship: http://archive.is/i2dE9
Picture of shoes and stew packet Litch took: https://i.sli.mg/IdHlib.jpg
This missing persons listing references tracking dogs: http://archive.is/ujt2X
It doesn't go on to say if they caught scent or not, just that "there were a lot of searchers and dogs". This was before they suspended the search temporarily due to the incoming storm, so that means the dogs were brought in before major rains had a chance to wash away possible scent trails. I'm not sure how trafficked this area is either.
This is a map of the Pacific Crest Trail: https://i.sli.mg/cP7doc.jpg
At the Mexico border is Campo, follow the red line north and you will find Warner Springs and Anza. He went missing just a little ways north of Warner Springs.
From what I can find, nothing else has been found of Christopher. No remains, no clothing items, nothing. Still, even though his mother said that he wasn't suicidal, this could be a case of such. He just picked a really well hidden spot to do the deed. It could also have been foul play, wild animal or.... something else unknown. With what I've found so far, there isn't much to give a hint in any other direction other than "strange". If those sandals are his, six miles north seems strange as that would be him heading back toward Anza without any of his personal affects.
Thoughts? If I have missed anything, please comment it and I will add it in!
Edit: Search and rescue from five counties assisted in trying to find Chris: http://archive.is/wlg79
I believe this is the temple Sylvia was to meet his friend at: http://www.layogamagazine.com/issue36/departments/towering_buddhas.htm
Random tidbit: The elevation of Warner Springs is 3,130 (unsure how high it is where the buddhist temple is located, tried to find but couldn't).
Edit 2: Also to note, if the hiking sandals are indeed his, ask yourself this question. Why would a man intent on committing suicide take a freeze dried stew mix packet? Sure a quick last meal, but it just seems strange to care so much about stopping hunger when you just want to die.
Edit 3: (March 24th, 2017) Christopher Stephen Sylvia still has not been found.