SAN DIEGO -- The whereabouts of the missing man from Sacramento, Calif., the object of an intensive search by friends and relatives from around the country, remains a mystery.
Brandon Parr, 32, vanished in mid-February just days after he took a train from Sacramento to San Diego on Feb. 8 to hook up with an old friend, Larry Kirk Christiansen, who goes by Kirk.
Someone logged into Brandon's Facebook page on Feb. 12 and posted a terse comment that Kirk and his friends had beat him, broke his cell phone, and tossed him out of Kirk's apartment at the World Trade Center Homeless Shelter at 1250 Sixth Ave. downtown. The author of that post said he was left homeless on the streets without an identification card or his medicine (antidepressant).
Family members are not sure that it was Brandon who wrote the comment, since his cell phone "died" on Feb. 12, which would have left him without Internet access on his phone. Since Feb. 12, Brandon has had no contact with anyone he knows either in person, by phone or the Internet.
On March 6, Christiansen was found dead in his apartment of a suspected drug overdose. He was 33. The San Diego County Medical Examiners Office told San Diego Gay & Lesbian News on March 27 that a toxicology report is pending.
Brandon's sister, Sarah Parr of Lake Worth, Fla, contacted SDGLN on March 27, seeking help within the LGBT community. Articles about Brandon were published March 27 and March 28, and have been the talk of the town in San Diego's close-knit LGBT community. The articles have been shared widely across the U.S., including by groups that support families with missing relatives.
The initial article on Brandon was read by members of the San Diego Police Department, who then contacted Sarah. Police detectives, as part of their job, speak with people on the street who appear homeless to learn their identity and offer tips on how to find help. Sarah said police recall speaking with a man who said his name was Brandon Parr, but the man had no identity on him. They offered to search again for Brandon and ask him to call home.
But a week has now passed, and Brandon's family still has not heard from him.
Wednesday night, Sarah said that Brandon remains unaccounted for.
"As of today [Wednesday], we have not had contact with him in any way nor have the police 'ran into' him," Sarah said. "We are hoping to hear something soon. Thank you for everything."
How to help
Sarah asks for your help. Like the Facebook page called “Please help us find Brandon Parr”. Print out the flier and post it in your neighborhood. Be on the lookout for anyone who looks like Brandon.
Call the San Diego police at 619-531-2277 if you have any information about Brandon Parr’s disappearance.
Call Zack Parr at 916-502-1933 if you would like to talk to a family member or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of SDGLN. He can be reached at email@example.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to 888-442-9639, ext. 713.