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Public’s Help Needed in Locating Voluntary Missing Person

UPDATE 4/27 @1pm: We’ve received word from family that Michael Copobianco has been located and is now receiving the proper medical attention. Thank you Victor Valley for spreading the word.

HESPERIA: Police and a very concerned family are seeking help from the public in locating a voluntarily missing man.

Michael Capobianco, 35, is a light-skinned white man, approximately 5’5″, 140-150lbs., last seen wearing a long sleeved orange Arizona pipeline shirt, with green safety vest, blue jeans and brown work boots.

Copobianco was seen at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, April 25 2014 near Southwest Gas on Mariposa road walking towards Seventh street in Victorville.

Family member Robin Suraci tell’s us, “he does have have mental health issues and is not on his medication”. Copabianco’s family is concerned that he may not be able to care for himself, and say he suffered a break down at his job prior to his disappearance. “He hasn’t contacted any family members and that’s not like him”, explained Suraci.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Robin Suraci at (760)669-7190 or William Suraci at (760)713-9159.


There are a variety of reasons why a person voluntarily disappears including mental illness, depression, substance abuse, credit problems, abusive relationships, or marital discord. California law classifies M/P reports as “non-criminal”; however, they take investigative precedence over crimes involving property, thus establishing a “due diligence” responsibility on the part of the adult MPU. Being a “voluntary” missing person is not a crime. Any adult person can simply walk away, and choose to ignore family, friends, associates and employers. Since this type of behavior is not “criminal”, law enforcement is limited on how they conduct these types of investigations. When facts and circumstances indicate a strong possibility of “foul-play”, or the disappearance is the result of a criminal act, the investigation will continue along such a course. **source LAPD

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