Sean P. Friel

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Above: Friel, circa 2004

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 20, 2004 from Solana Beach, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 22, 1975
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9 - 5'10, 175 - 185 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Friel normally wears eyeglasses, but he left them behind when he vanished.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A size extra-large t-shirt, jeans, and deck shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Friel was last seen at a Mariott hotel in Solana Beach, California on March 20, 2004. He has never been heard from again. Friel's truck was discovered on March 30; it had been abandoned on the Coast Highway, just outside the entrance to the Torrey Pines State Reserve. It received three parking tickets before being impounded. The vehicle contained Friel's passport, luggage, computer and cellular phone.

    On April 11, searchers at the Torrey Pines State Reserve found a pair of neatly placed size 11 Sauconyís shoes believed to be Seanís in the park. There were socks tucked into the shoes and Seanís glasses were also found. The items were found above Table Rock, at the edge of a hundred-foot cliff overlooking the beach. Although there had been rain on April 2, the glasses were not water-spotted. Some time after Friel's belongings were found at the park, his credit cards were used in Brazil. Police have not been able to determine who used the cards.

    Friel had been planning to move to Los Angeles at the time of his disappearance and start a new job as a computer programmer. He is described as a mild-mannered and low-key man who does not usually get angry. Friel is an avid hiker and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He attended several Zen and Buddhist retreats prior to vanishing, and some of his loved ones theorized he staged his 2004 disappearance in order to simplify his life. His case remains unsolved.

    Some agencies state that Friel disappeared from San Diego, California on March 16. That city's police are investigating his disappearance.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    San Diego Police Department
    619-531-2844

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Del Mar Times

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 23, 2005.

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