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updated: 9/4/2013 10:35 PM

Naperville native missing in California

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  • Bryce Laspisa

    Bryce Laspisa


California police found a burned body Wednesday just a few miles from where a missing teen, originally from Naperville, was last located, according to officials.

But Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Richard Pena said because the body was burned beyond recognition, there is no way to tell if it is the missing teen until an autopsy is complete.

Around 5:30 a.m. Friday, California Highway Patrol officers responded to a 911 call reporting a vehicle accident in Castaic, an unincorporated community in northern Los Angeles County.

The last driver of the vehicle was identified as 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa, who was a 2012 graduate of Naperville Central High School, according to Naperville Unit District 203 Spokeswoman Susan Rice.

In an email, Rice said Laspisa attended Naperville schools -- including Kingsley Elementary and Lincoln Junior High -- from kindergarten through 12th grade. She said it is the district's understanding that the Laspisa family moved from the area shortly after he graduated.

According to police, Laspisa was not found in or near the damaged vehicle. Pena said the burned body found Wednesday was located about two to three miles north of where the accident involving Laspisa's vehicle occurred.

An extensive search for Laspisa involving K-9 dogs, a patrol helicopter, a dive team searching a nearby lake and officers on foot has been ongoing since the vehicle was found.

Laspisa's parents told police their son lives and attends college in Roseville, a city in northern California. They said he was driving from Roseville to visit them at their home in Orange County, in southern California, when he went missing.

Police said Laspisa's last contact with his family was when he spoke to his mother on the phone around 2 a.m. Friday in an area just north of Los Angeles County.

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