North Hollywood couple missing. Last known to be in Big Sur.
UPDATE 1/4/17 – Olivia’s body has been found, along with one dog’s body. Brian’s body has not been found nor the other dog that was with them. The authorities have put off retrieving the car until Thursday or Friday because of the weather. Their plans to rappel down the cliff have also been put off till the weather clears.
UPDATE 1/3/17 – A tan car has been found down a cliff in San Luis Obispo off of Hwy 1 (PCH) around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Although there has been no positive identification, the police are stating that a helicopter crew could see a body of a person and a dog about 15 feet away from the vehicle. The cliff is 325 feet down from the road. The family has been advised of the discovery. A storm has hit the area and a crew will attempt to retrieve the car on Wednesday.
UPDATE: Olivia’s sister has told me that the photo is not them. – photo has surfaced on Facebook of a couple taking a selfie on a bridge in Big Sur. The photo was taken by a man named Arnold that was also at the same location on Jan 1, 2017. He took a video of the area and then a photo of the couple as they were taking a selfie. The post reads:
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We saw this happy couple taking a selfie at the edge of Bixby Creek Bridge on the Big Sur coast of California. Not sure who they are but surely they are having a fun time in this New Year’s day of 2017. I want to share this photo to them, but didn’t have the chance.”
Susan Braden posted: “Have you seen the news about the missing couple from North Hollywood that they are looking for in Big Sur ? The man in your pic kind of looks like him!”
A MPofA reader, Gabriela Garcia forwarded the photo over to me this morning when she saw it posted on Facebook. There are a lot of similarities between the man and missing Brian, but the woman has dark hair and not blonde in her photo or description. We will be sending the photo over to the family to get their feedback.
Original Story: Olivia Hannah Gonzalez, 20, and Brian Fernandez, 21, have been missing since sometime after Dec. 23, 2016. The couple who live in North Hollywood, California went on a road trip to Big Sur. They were expected to return by Christmas but they did not show up. The last contact was on Dec. 23. when Olivia sent a text message to her brother in law around 11:40 a.m. saying she was about two hours away from Big Sur. The phone went off around 4 p.m. Fernandez’s dogs, Scooby and Luno are also traveling with them.
Brian Fernandez who lives with his mother, Rosa said he would be back before Christmas. Rosa told the Daily News that Brian told her he was going camping on Dec. 23. She saw Brian take a blanket and tent with him. Rosa also said that Brian has gone on similar trips before and always came back when he said he was going to or called to say he was on his way. This time he told her he would be back before Christmas.
There is video footage of Brian using a credit card at a liquor store in Cambria. Brian’s phone is also off.
Gonzalez is 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs 120 pounds with blonde hair and brown eyes. Fernandez is 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
They were traveling in a 2002 Honda Civic four-door sedan, with a California license plate number of 5VUD295.
Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts can call the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800 and ask for Detective M. Palmer. After-hours or weekend calls should be directed to 877-527-3247, or anonymously through LA Regional Crime Stoppers.