Christopher Stephen Sylvia
Sylvia, approximately 2015; Sylvia's tattoo
Date reported missing : 02/16/2015
Missing location (approx) :
San Diego County, California
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 12/12/1986 (34)
Age at the time of disappearance: 28 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 155 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A dark-colored fleece jacket, green camouflAge at the time of disappearance: -print pants and brown and black and brown hiking boots.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Sylvia's nickname is Chris. He had a mustache and goatee at the time of his disappearance. He has a tattoo of Asian symbols on his side; a photo of the tattoo is posted with this case summary.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Sylvia was last seen in San Diego County, California on February 16, 2015. He left home on February 12 and went on a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, south to Campo. On February 16, he called his roommate and asked him to meet him at a Buddhist temple on Chihuahua Valley Road the next day.
Sylvia's roommate went to the designated spot at the agreed-upon time, but Sylvia never showed up. At first his roommate assumed he'd just decided not to go to the temple after all. Sylvia has never been heard from again. Other hikers found his identification, sleeping bag, backpack and other belongings lying in an open area near the temple.
Sylvia is described as an experienced outdoorsman and his mother stated it would be uncharacteristic for him to go hiking alone or to leave his gear behind. An extensive search of the area turned up no sign of him and his case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
San Diego County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
NBC San Diego
KGTV San Diego
October 12, 2004. May 4, 2018; two pictures added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : updated.