Mike Histand flew into Phoenix to help locate his son, Brian, and said his gut feeling is that his son is still in the city, and just needs some help getting home. (Source: CBS 5 News)
This photograph shows Brian Histand sitting by the side of a road while picking up trash. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Brian Histand was last seen about 5:30 a.m. on May 15 near South Mountain in Phoenix. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
It's been 12 days since anyone has heard from or seen Brian Histand.
His car, as well as his BMX bike, were found abandoned near 35th Avenue and Dobbins Road at the base of South Mountain. His credit and ATM cards haven't had a single purchase or swipe since he disappeared May 15.
Mike Histand flew into Phoenix to help locate his son, and said his gut feeling is that his son is still in the city, and just needs some help getting home.
Looking for a new start is what brought Brian Histand, an avid BMX bicycle rider, to Phoenix from Pennsylvania. Brian Histand loved his bike, the outdoors, and in the Valley, he loved South Mountain, his friends told CBS 5 News.
"South Mountain was somewhere that he brought me when I first came here and anyone who came to visit he always took them to South Mountain, 'cause he really liked it down there," said R.J. Orr.
South Mountain is the last place where Brian Histand was seen, around 5:30 a.m. May 15. A Phoenix police sergeant found Brian naked, praying in an alfalfa field. A call from Phoenix police was made to Mike Histand.
"He told me that my son was acting strangely out there but he was cogent, he had some cognitive abilities and they were able to let him go."
No one has heard from 25-year-old Brian Histand since.
"A lot of people are looking for him," Orr said. "A lot of close friends are looking for him."
Brian Histand's friends and family recently noticed some strange behavior from Brian: He started cleaning up the park where he rode his bike and skateboard, down to the cigarette butts on the ground a photograph showed him sitting on the side of a freeway picking up trash, his back turned to traffic.
"It makes me very sad because it's not my son, Brian," Mike Histand said. "He was sitting on the side of the road in the gravel with his back to traffic. Seems to me, that was indicative of him turning his back on society."
Brian Histand recently brought home a kitten he'd found at a parking lot.
"Those are good things, for sure, but they are not characteristic of his behavior," Mike Histand said.
"He's an expert BMX rider and I know factually he has taken some good hits on his head, as well," the father continued.
Mike Histand also said the family has had some hard situations recently, such as the passing of a loved one.
He said he believes the combination of these events, along with social pressure, have left his son at the mercy of someone who will see his photo, call police and help bring Brian Histand home.
"There is a problem going on with my son and he needs help," Mike Histand said.
One of the distinct characteristics of Brian Histand is his long hair, which grows a little past the shoulder, and a big beard.
His friends describe him as having a "Jesus" look. His father spent most of Monday responding to sighting of Brian, specifically in the Sunnyslope area of Phoenix, but to no avail. Still, he said he holds out hope.
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