A University of Southern California medical student has now been missing for more than a month and his family says the search has intensified after a potential sighting.
Derek Seehausen, 26, a fourth year USC student, has been missing since Aug. 5. According to NBC 4, authorities said he was last seen leaving his home in the 400 block of Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale, California.
He hasn’t been to class since. When he was first reported missing, his family told police they feared Seehausen may be suicidal.
His family has scheduled a press conference to give updates on the case for this Friday at 10 a.m. at the Aretsy Auditorium at USC Medical School.
The family, along with a private investigator, is expected to offer details, including photos of a “potential sighting” of Seehausen, whom they believe is still alive.
On Tuesday, a family spokesperson told NBC 7 that Seehausen has several ties to San Diego.
The student is known to frequently visit San Diego, including Mission Beach where he liked to surf.
Seehausen and his friends had discussed moving to Mission Beach many times. Also, his best friend is currently working in San Diego and Seehausen had been planning to visit him during this time.
The family spokesperson said Seehausen and his friends have also gone camping at Agua Caliente, a campsite in San Diego County.
Seehausen’s family currently runs a website, Help Find Derek, which details his case.
Police have described Seehausen as 6 feet tall and 180 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a light-colored T-shirt and jeans. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Los Angeles Police Department Adult Missing Person Unit at (213) 996-1800.