Los Angeles Register: USC med student vanishes

From Jenna K Chandler of the Los Angeles Register:  Tara Perry said she watched Derek Seehausen bust dorky dance moves as he flirted with women Aug. 5 at a Hollywood nightclub. Three days later, Erin Meisel said she said “hi” to him in passing at the hospital where they worked. “He was smiling and having fun,” Perry said. “That‘s what’s saddening to us. I don’t know if there was something else to notice.” The two women were among the last friends to talk with Seehausen – a top student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC – before he disappeared. He was last seen on surveillance footage, shortly after midnight Aug. 6, walking by a 76 gas station on the 200 block of Alvarado Street with $200 and his driver’s license. He has been missing now for more than a month. “It’s just as bizarre to me as it is to you,” said Shuhan He, a friend and classmate. Some friends speculated that Seehausen wanted to vanish, perhaps stressed by the rigors of medical school and the looming transition into residency. They said he loved hiking and camping in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains. He was fit too – recently placing fifth in his age group for an Iron Man competition at Lake Placid and climbing Half Dome in sandals. It is plausible, they said, that he retreated into the wilderness. “He’s extraordinary determined,” said his mother, Jean Gadra. “That’s why we’ve said if was planning to do this, he of course did a good job.” In high school, Seehausen would wash dishes after family meals and remember family members’ birthdays without prompting, she said. “I cannot imagine him doing this to his family,” she added. Whatever the reason, private investigator Thomas Martin says he believes that…

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Press Conference Announcement

Potential Sighting Ignites Search for Missing USC Med Student Family to Hold Press Conference on Friday at USC Keck School of Medicine WHO:   Derek Seehausen, USC medical student who has been missing since on or about Aug. 5, 2014 WHAT:  Derek is believed to be alive; family to hold press conference to offer details and photos on the latest potential sighting and seek the public’s help in the search WHEN: Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. 10 a.m. PT WHERE: USC Medical School – Aretsy Auditorium 1450 Biggy Street, Lower Ground Level Los Angeles, CA 90033 WHY:  Private investigator confirms that Derek is believed to be alive and may be in need of immediate medical attention. A photo released by LAPD on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, of a man on a metro LA bus bearing striking resemblance to Derek has fueled a sense of urgency to locate the missing student. VISUALS:       Photos of Derek as last seen, including recent potential sighting Private Investigator Thomas Martin of Martin Investigative Services in Newport Beach to release latest details in search for Derek Jean Gadra, Derek’s mother, in her first public appearance to plea for the public’s help Hundreds of USC students to gather to hear the latest updates FORMAT/ INTERVIEWS: Thomas Martin will open with the latest findings in the search for Derek Jean Gadra, Derek’s mother, will make her plea to students and the public for assistance in locating Derek The floor will then be opened to attending media to ask questions Thomas Martin, Jean Gadra, and Shuhan He (Friend/USC Student) will be available for interviews regarding Derek’s disappearance WEBSITE:      www.HelpFindDerek.com Livestream link: www.HelpFindDerek.com/Livestream (Available 9am Friday 9/12) CONTACT:     Anyone with information regarding Derek is asked to contact the LAPD Adult Missing Person Unit at (213) 996-1800. RSVP:             For reserved complimentary parking and seating, confirm attendance to ccallaway@boltpr.com...
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25 y.o. Hollywood Hills body is NOT Derek

Hi all, The family and team were made aware of a report regarding a 25 year old male found in an abandoned water and electricity plant in Hollywood Hills yesterday 8/21 at approx 3pm. The family contacted the Morgue and confirmed that this was not Derek. Our thoughts and prayers, however, do go out to the family-it is heartbreaking. Best Derek’s team

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Update Last seen Information

Hi Everyone, New information. We believe he was last seen on foot heading North on Alvarado St in Echo Park. He was wearing: Plain, Black Hoodie with plaid shorts, colorful tennis shoes, and a black jacket over the black hoodie at 12:01pm 08/6/2014 At this point, we are assuming that he is still alive and in the wilderness wearing these same clothes.

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