CA PHILIP KREYCIK: Missing from Pleasanton, CA - 10 July 2021 - Age 37 *Found Deceased*

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Search ongoing for missing runner on Pleasanton Ridge​

A search is underway on the Pleasanton Ridge for 37-year-old Philip Kreycik, who was reported missing by his wife Saturday after he failed to return from a run in the hills near the Moller Ranch staging area in Pleasanton.

Kreycik parked his vehicle at the staging area around 11 a.m. Saturday and told his wife he was going for a one-hour run in the East Bay Regional Park.

Kreycik is an avid long-distance runner with no known health conditions.

An extensive search is being conducted in the surrounding area. Personnel from the Pleasanton Police Department, East Bay Regional Park Police, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol are utilizing drones, fixed wing aircraft, off-road vehicles and search and rescue teams to locate Kreycik.


Search for missing man who said he was going running in East Bay hills​

An extensive search is underway on Sunday in Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park, where authorities are looking for a man who didn't return from a run Saturday in the hills.

Philip Kreycik, 37, parked his car near the Moller Ranch staging area about 11 a.m. and told his wife he was going for an hourlong run in the East Bay Regional Park, Pleasanton police said.

Kreycik's wife reported him missing at 2 p.m. Saturday. An avid runner with no known health conditions, Kreycik is described as White, with a thin build and brown hair and eyes. He is presumed to be wearing running attire.


MEDIA - PHILIP KREYCIK: Missing from Pleasanton, CA since 10 July 2021 - Age 37
 
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UPDATE: Search for Jogger Who Went Missing in Pleasanton Hills Expands​

The search for a jogger who went missing on Saturday near Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park has grown to include 13 agencies and nearly 100 volunteers, according to officials.

Authorities with the Pleasanton Police Department provided a Monday afternoon update on the continuing search for the missing jogger, identified as 37-year-old Philip Kreycik. He was last seen on Saturday at around 10:45 a.m. near the regional park while preparing to go on a run.

Police said the coordinated search has split the large group of volunteers into 20 teams to comb the area.

“As we continue the third day of our search and rescue efforts, we are still optimistic about locating Mr. Kreycik,” said Pleasanton Police Lieutenant Erik Silacci. “Our thoughts are with the Kreycik family and we are thankful for the ongoing support from local agencies and residents.”



Search For Missing Jogger Continues For Thrid Day​

Police and volunteer crews on Monday continued the search for a 37-year-old Berkeley man who went out for a run Saturday morning in Pleasanton but never returned.

"We just had a pretty good influx of outside resources that came in today, about 13 agencies and right around 100 personnel helping out," said Pleasanton police Lt. Erik Silacci.

Search teams used an airplane and drones in the initial phases of the search and on Monday a helicopter and foot patrols were canvasing the rugged terrain.

"The area has steep ravines and (air crews) can't see below the tree canopy so you really need to get folks out there to visually search," Silacci said.

Kreycik is an avid runner and often does 8- to 12-mile runs, Silacci said.

"He's in very good shape and doesn't have any medical issues," he said. "His vehicle was at that staging area it was locked and there didn't seem to be anything out of the ordinary with the vehicle."

Anybody with information about Kreycik's location is asked to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.
 

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Terrain Visuals: I wanted to provide some visuals from today of the terrain/landscape; especially for those afar who want to feel a bit more connected to where the focused search efforts are. I hope this helps. The images were taken toward the top of the ridge from the main fire road. The revines on both sides are very steep and can be hard to have a sight line due to the heavy tree coverage. The weather today was certainly better with a comforting breeze coming through.

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He appears to be trained well in cross country running so I wonder if he was having any mental health struggles. It seems harsh to bring up this quickly however nothing else 'appears' to be amiss.
Possibly. This was also reportedly one of the hottest days of the year in this area.


Neiderhaus said they fear that the heat on Saturday may have played a role in his disappearance as temperatures reached triple digits on Saturday

‘We are concerned due to the heat. We don’t think he has a large water source,’ he said.

Neiderhaus added that investigators didn’t suspect foul play or that Kreycik wanted to disappear.

 

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Search for missing Berkeley trail runner moves into 4th day​

Search efforts for a missing runner from Berkeley will move into day four on Tuesday as the man's wife says he hasn't returned home from a run over the weekend and hasn't been seen since.

Three days of searching has turned up no sign of him.

"His family is optimistic, and we are too, that we are going to find Mr. Kreycik," said Pleasanton Police Lt. Erik Silacci. "But this is dangerous country."

The open space is huge, a mix of rolling hills and deep ravines, criss-crossed with trails that are narrow and treacherous.

"It's tough, it's slippery, lots of leaves on the ground, we were sliding down the hills and getting off the trails," said searcher Justin Siebenhaar, who came from San Jose to volunteer.


Police are not sure if Kreycik carried any water with him, on what was a hot day.

"We had temperatures of 104 here in Pleasanton, up at the trailhead a little warmer than that," said Silacci. "He is an experienced runner, however with those heat conditions and exerting himself, he may have become incapacitated."

Searchers are operating on the belief Kreycik became ill or injured.

The park is not an area he's especially familiar with.

Tuesday's search is expected to delve deeper into steep drainages, where Kreycik would not be visible from the air.

"Honestly there's a 95 percent chance he's within a mile of where we're standing right here and we just haven't found him yet."

"Philp is a top one percent athlete so the fact that he's out here and this happened means something went wrong, we just don't know what."
 

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I wish he would have told himself it was too hot that day. I hope he is just injured and has a water source.
 

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UPDATE: Searchers For Missing Jogger Philip Kreycik Hear Cries For Help In Pleasanton Canyon​

Volunteers and family members searching for missing jogger Philip Kreycik are focusing on a new area of Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park where a family member heard something overnight.

According to a “Finding Philip Kreycik’” Facebook page, the family member could hear cries for help on the Sunol side of the regional park around 1 a.m. The yells were apparently coming from a canyon in the area.

At around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, a post office parking lot in Sunol was the gathering spot for experienced hikers to go up in the hills to follow this possible lead. So far there has been no word from sheriff’s investigators on whether the development turned anything up.


Still no sign of missing runner Philip Kreycik after investigation into cries for help​

Search and rescue teams in the East Bay followed up on a potential lead into the disappearance of a runner in Pleasanton but turned up nothing.

"The community search team responded to that. We followed up on the search and scoured that area. We came back with negative results following that report," Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Sgt. Ray Kelly said during an afternoon press briefing.


He had mapped out his intended 8-mile route in the Plesanton Hills, but that area has been searched.

Search dogs found but lost his scent after a short distance; it's believed to have been eroded by heat and wind.

But in a park that has hundreds of visitors daily, not one person has said they saw Kreycik running at midday Saturday.
 

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5 days doesn't seem very long to search for a fit adult.


Mystery over missing runner Philip Kreycik continues as official search efforts end after five days​

Investigators will study and organize thousands of images taken from drones and other equipment and eventually release them to the public now that a search-and-rescue effort for a 37-year-old Berkeley man who went missing on a run is over.

Authorities said they know only that Philip Kreycik stopped at a package delivery store in Oakland and mailed something before he arrived at the regional park where authorities say he disappeared.

Beyond that, five days of searching much of the park for Kreycik, as well as some of the Niles Canyon area, did not yield any results. Authorities said now they will respond only to significant leads.

“We’re in the process of putting all the images together, and we intend to release it,” Alameda County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said. “We want to get as many eyes looking at those images as we can. Maybe somebody out there will see something, nobody else sees.”


“The strangest thing about this is that nobody has seen him,” Kelly said. “And no matter where you go in this park, even if you get lost, you’ll not need a lot of time to come across a road or a trail that will lead you back.”
 

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This website gives some information about the park itself as well as links to a trail map that might be helpful in understanding the area better. It is a vast property 9,090 acres to be exact, that's a lot of places for a person to get lost in or turned around. Especially if he did experience some kind of medical emergency, given the high temperatures the day he went missing I could see even an experienced runner getting fatigued and dehydrated quickly out there.
 

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Volunteers continue search for missing runner in Pleasanton after authorities scale back efforts​

The Pleasanton Police Department and Alameda County Sheriff's Office along with other agencies have ended their active search for the missing Berkeley man in the East Bay Foothills. But that doesn't mean the community is giving up.

Six days following his disappearance volunteers are continuing to meet up at Foothill High School to look for 37-year-old Philip Kreycik.


The Alameda County Sheriff's Department concluded late Tuesday there are only two possibilities in the search for Kreycik.

Officials say he is either "incapacitated or unresponsive," or he just isn't up in the Pleasanton hills.


In an exclusive interview with ABC7 News, Kreycik's wife Jen Yao told us that she's not giving up hope in finding her husband.

"I know in my heart of hearts he's out there. He's out there and he's alive and he's waiting for us. And maybe he's dehydrated, maybe injured, delirious," says Yao.

During that interview, the family said all of this has been a struggle. Yao says she is doing her best to continue caring for their children.
 

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‘Hug Your Families': Relatives Continue Search for Missing East Bay Runner​

“Hug your families.”

That was one of the heartbreaking messages Friday from the wife of an East Bay runner who's been missing since Saturday.

“I think the saying goes that your life can change in an instant. That’s exactly what happened to us,” said Jen Yao, Philip’s wife.


Keith Kreycik added that he appreciates all police have done and said that he's thankful for the many volunteers, whom he also worries about in the days ahead.

“We don’t want anybody else to get hurt, so please, please, when people are helping us, please be careful and take care of yourself first and help us next,” he said.

The family believes Philip Kreycik is still out there injured and disoriented but alive. They are asking neighbors to check their properties in case he wandered in from the park, looking for help.

They also have one more request for every family that sees this.

“Your life can change just like that. I want everyone to hug your families, care for each other and help us bring him home,” said Yao.
 

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Pleasanton: No new leads on missing hiker after 'massive' weekend search​

Authorities said they found no new leads Sunday after an eighth day of searching for Philip Kreycik, who has been missing since July 10.

"Like the community, we are frustrated and perplexed that this massive effort has yielded no results," said Kelly. "We feel we should have found Philip by now."

Sunday's search involved the largest effort thus far, including 169 professional searchers and support staff following up on 72 hours' worth of tips and leads, Kelly said. The search included rechecking areas searched before that had limited access, such as deep ravines and steep terrain that searchers needed ropes to access.

Kelly said a separate search has been conducted by volunteers on a community search team. The combined efforts have invested thousands of search hours, he said.
 

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A Berkeley runner went missing. Detectives say it's an ‘unprecedented’ mystery​

Eight days after missing runner Philip Kreycik was last seen, a crew of expert rappellers descended deep into a ravine at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park and emerged with scraps of a T-shirt.

But the shirt, much like earlier, equally fruitless clues, yielded no answers in the sprawling search that has frustrated authorities and mystified those who know the Harvard-educated father of two.

For detectives used to resolving missing person cases within hours or days, the 37-year old’s disappearance has seemingly defied logic.

“I can’t even speculate on this one — it’s very, very odd,” said Sgt. Aaron Fountain, investigations chief for the Pleasanton Police Department.



Kreycik, an ultra-marathon runner, is believed to have used a running app to map out his intended route through the park’s winding, sun-scorched hills. Police believe he was wearing a smart watch to record his speed and heart-rate during the planned 8-mile run, but the watch did not have a cellular connection for tracking.

“We know Philip is a highly analytical type guy,” said Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. “He did things with precision.”

Kreycik’s planned route was a “groomed, manicured trail” where he would have been unlikely to fall into a ravine or become trapped in an inaccessible location, Kelly said.

“If he went off his defined route, then we get into those questions — could he have fallen or slipped,” Kelly said.

The possibility that a disoriented or dehydrated Kreycik became lost seemed unlikely, officials said. An experienced outdoorsman, he often exercised outdoors on hot days. The park was dotted with drinking water dispensers for runners and troughs for livestock.

Officials entertained the possibility that Kreycik had been attacked by a mountain lion, but found no evidence to suggest it. Searchers did, however, find carcasses of animals eaten by lions. The fact that the urban East Bay recreation area probably saw hundreds of weekend visitors the day Kreycik vanished further discounted the mountain lion scenario.


Nearly two weeks after the search began, authorities have not found a single clue to explain the Berkeley father’s sudden disappearance.

“We’ve come up empty,” Kelly said. “I mean empty.”
 

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A Berkeley runner went missing. Detectives say it's an ‘unprecedented’ mystery​

Eight days after missing runner Philip Kreycik was last seen, a crew of expert rappellers descended deep into a ravine at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park and emerged with scraps of a T-shirt.

But the shirt, much like earlier, equally fruitless clues, yielded no answers in the sprawling search that has frustrated authorities and mystified those who know the Harvard-educated father of two.

For detectives used to resolving missing person cases within hours or days, the 37-year old’s disappearance has seemingly defied logic.

“I can’t even speculate on this one — it’s very, very odd,” said Sgt. Aaron Fountain, investigations chief for the Pleasanton Police Department.



Kreycik, an ultra-marathon runner, is believed to have used a running app to map out his intended route through the park’s winding, sun-scorched hills. Police believe he was wearing a smart watch to record his speed and heart-rate during the planned 8-mile run, but the watch did not have a cellular connection for tracking.

“We know Philip is a highly analytical type guy,” said Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. “He did things with precision.”

Kreycik’s planned route was a “groomed, manicured trail” where he would have been unlikely to fall into a ravine or become trapped in an inaccessible location, Kelly said.

“If he went off his defined route, then we get into those questions — could he have fallen or slipped,” Kelly said.

The possibility that a disoriented or dehydrated Kreycik became lost seemed unlikely, officials said. An experienced outdoorsman, he often exercised outdoors on hot days. The park was dotted with drinking water dispensers for runners and troughs for livestock.

Officials entertained the possibility that Kreycik had been attacked by a mountain lion, but found no evidence to suggest it. Searchers did, however, find carcasses of animals eaten by lions. The fact that the urban East Bay recreation area probably saw hundreds of weekend visitors the day Kreycik vanished further discounted the mountain lion scenario.


Nearly two weeks after the search began, authorities have not found a single clue to explain the Berkeley father’s sudden disappearance.

“We’ve come up empty,” Kelly said. “I mean empty.”
Was the t-shirt similar to the one he was wearing?
 

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'We've exhausted the obvious': 2 weeks on, friend reveals details on missing Bay Area runner​

Over two weeks since the mystifying disappearance of a Bay Area man at a well-trafficked park, a friend has posted a lengthy Q&A about the search, clues and frustrating dead-ends.

Friend and fellow runner Chris Thoburn wrote in his Q&A (you can read it in its entirety here) that they've verified Kreycik's whereabouts leading up to his disappearance. CCTV at a UPS store where Kreycik was dropping off a package (a returned item, Thoburn says) shows him entering and leaving the lot, and traffic cameras and the car's FastTrak also trace him to the staging area.

Scent dogs were only able to track Kreycik from his car to the trailhead, Thoburn said.

"Unfortunately they aren't as amazing as some folks in the comments would have you believe," he wrote. "... When you have a family, share your car with your wife, and do laundry together pretty much all scent articles are contaminated in some way. The family tried hard to give uncontaminated items to [search and rescue] for the search, but ultimately it seemed the dogs would instead pick up on the scent of others in the area."

Family and friends had a brief glimmer of hope on the fourth day of the search when two residents adjacent to park heard cries for help. Thoburn spoke with them, but never heard the voice himself. A search of the canyon yielded nothing. "I do believe they truly did hear that sound," he wrote. "My personal take is they heard someone else in the distance yelling 'Philip' of which there were a LOT of folks doing that night and which sounds a ton like 'help' in that canyon."

When asked for his best guess as to why Kreycik has yet to be found, despite extensive searches by hundreds of volunteers, law enforcement and trained search and rescue crews, Thoburn speculated heat exhaustion took its toll on his friend. It is unclear if Kreycik carried water with him, and temperatures in the area hit a soaring 105 degrees that day. The terrain in the park, which spans a large area between Pleasanton and Hayward in the East Bay Regional Park District, is rugged and steep, and the creeks are currently without much water.

"Philip was NOT heat adapted," Thoburn wrote. "He lived on the Oakland/Berkeley border and most of his training was on the Bay side of the ridge. This means he rarely ran in temps above 80, and morning and evening runs (where he typically had time) would have been in the 50s or 60s."

"He [may have gotten] dizzy from the heat, wandered into a ravine for either shade or shortcut, fell, got stuck, and either he's still there or wildlife has encountered him since," he added. "In either case we're looking for something hard to find: harder if it's the latter. If he's in there, the bottoms of ravines after rains will probably be where remains will eventually turn up. If we don't find him soon you'll find me out there in them often in the coming months/years."

As for next steps, Thoburn says Kreycik's loved ones aren't giving up. Friends and family still walk the park every day, with searches coordinated via their 12,000-member public Facebook group. The few leads they had have long since dried up, but Thoburn would still like to get in touch with a possible witness "who may have seen Philip on the ridge that day." To that end, some volunteers continue to speak with people on the trail, asking if anyone was in the park on July 10 and may have inadvertently seen something important.

"I feel we've exhausted the obvious, and what's left is little nooks and downed trees we maybe didn't get eyes around as well as we should have in the first pass or two," Thoburn wrote. "So I've been spending my evenings wandering those areas systematically, but also connecting the dots on the exact locations of all the 'unofficial' trails: been trying as hard as I can to both think like a runner, think like a runner in distress, and think like a runner in distress making irrational decisions. The trouble is, if it's the third, we've potentially got no real boundaries for the search anymore."

"My hope from fairly early in this search has been that he did make it out of the park. The odds are far better for his survival if he did," he added. "That said, we have no evidence that he made it out, and our search for video at potential exit points has turned up nothing so far.

"All signs currently still point to him having gone for a run in the park and not having left it."
 

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