Details of Disappearance Buntain left his Ramona, California home on March 22, 2010, telling his wife he was going out to get bottled water. At noon, he used his debit card to purchase a premixed alcoholic beverage in Ramona.
At 1:00 p.m., a San Diego, California worker saw Buntain in the upper parking lot at Lake Sunderland, near the Sunderland Dam. He was upset and crying at the time and told the employee his mother had died and he wished it had been him instead.
The employee told him the lake was closed to the public and he would have to leave. Buntain turned his car around. He has never been heard from again. His wife reported him missing the next day.
Buntain's mother is, in fact, still alive and living in Apple Valley, California. It's unclear why he said she was dead, but prior to his disappearance he had been experiencing severe emotional problems and may have been confused.
On March 27, Buntain's car, a silver and black 2009 Kia with handicapped California license plates, was found in a remote area two miles southeast of the Lake Sunderland boat launch and an extensive search of the area began.
Authorities found his eyeglasses and socks near the vehicle, as well as the bottle of alcohol he'd purchased. There was only a small amount left.
Investigators theorized that Buntain may have had a medical crisis because he had been drinking and was without his insulin shots and other medicines. The search found no trace of him or his body, however. He left all his belongings behind. His case remains unsolved.
- San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated December 2, 2011; picture added, distinguishing characteristics, clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.