Search underway for missing Air Force vet, Edwards AFB employee, and father of three


An Air Force veteran and father of three disappeared over the weekend while out with friends in southern California.

Friends and family of 36-year old Michael Vanzandt  are pleading for the public’s help to find their loved one, who went missing Saturday night.

They’ve been handing out flyers in the area around Pier Plaza, in Hermosa Beach, where Vanzandt became separated from his friends over the weekend. The last time they saw him, he was leaving the line to American Junkie to walk over to Roberts Liquor, according to Hermosa Beach PD.

His phone has been dead since that night and his car and belongings left behind “untouched” at a hotel where he was staying, according to KTLA.

The security forces vet was an avid surfer and scuba diver. His family says Michael loved to swim at night.

“Somebody has to know something,” Vanzandt’s ex-wife told the local news station. “What happened to him? Where he’s at. If he’s out somewhere. Everybody’s just concerned.”

Vanzandt didn’t show up for work Monday at Edwards Air Force Base, where he worked as a civil service employee.

The onetime Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician had a passion for police work, his son says. Relatives from Maryland, Michigan and Lancaster are all working together now to try and solve this mystery.

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