28 year-old Christopher Sylvia left his San Diego, California home on February 12th, 2015 after telling his friends that he was going to hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Christopher was an avid hiker and outdoorsman, so this did not seem unusual to anyone close to him. Four days after he left, on February 16th, 2015, Christopher called his roommate and asked him to meet him at a Buddhist temple located on Chihuahua Road the following day.
Christopher’s roommate showed up at the temple at the agreed upon time the next day, but Christopher was nowhere to be found. After waiting for a bit, the roommate decided to return home. Initially, the roommate was not worried; he just assumed that Christopher decided not to go to the temple after all. However, shortly thereafter, other hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail found Christopher’s identification, sleeping bag, backpack and other belongings lying in an open area near the temple. There was no sign of Christopher anywhere nearby, and he has not been seen or heard from again.
Christopher’s mother describes him as an experienced hiker, and has said that it is uncharacteristic for him to go hiking alone and leave all of his gear behind. An extensive search of the area turned up no clues to his whereabouts. Christopher’s family is hoping to find answers about what happened to him; and his case is still open. If you have any information that could lead to Christopher’s whereabouts, please contact the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department at 858-974-2143.