Benny Kwan returned to the San Bernardino Mountains on Thursday, April 7, hoping his 27-year-old son, Derrick, would reappear just as suddenly as he disappeared nearly two weeks ago.
“If so, I’ll be very happy,” Kwan said as family and friends gathered at Goodwin’s Market in Crestline to resume their search. “I pray to God every day when he comes to his senses and comes out of the forest or someone’s house. “I just want him back home.”
Derrick Kwan was last seen by his family on March 26 at their home in Diamond Bar. The surveillance video showed him coming out of the front door wearing a black blouse and shorts and holding a water bottle. Kwan left with a silver SUV. He apparently did not tell anyone where he was going.
The next day, March 27, said the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, a California Highway Patrol officer saw two people changing tires at a Highway 138 rally. About 40 minutes later, the officer learned of a collision with a vehicle west of Crestline Road cut in Crestline. That vehicle was one of two he saw in attendance and was registered with Derrick Kwan.
The officer identified Kwan as one of the people he saw in attendance. Witnesses to the clash said a man who matched Kwan’s description walked away, carrying large bags, according to the sheriff’s news release. The officer could not find Kwan.
Kwan was reported missing at the LA County Sheriff’s Department on March 28. Deputies at the Twin Peaks station in San Bernardino County received the report on March 31 and began a search. Rim of the World Search and Rescue Team members searched the area on April 3, a search that was suspended due to the weather. It resumed on April 5th.
Deputies and volunteers also circulated a photo of Kwan. However, he remains missing.
Kwan is studying space engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, said David Chiang, an old friend who attended Diamond Bar High with him. Kwan enjoys martial arts and wrestling and is an experienced climber and climber.
“I would not be surprised if he knew the area well,” Chiang said Thursday.
Benny Kwan said he wondered if his son was scared of the collision and ran away.
Kwan is considered a “voluntary missing person” by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez said.
“We continue to follow all the tracks we receive and we have continued the search for Mr. Kwan. “We. Will make every effort to find him and reunite him safely with his family and friends,” said Rodriguez.
Benny Kwan said he is pleased foreigners have joined the search.
“The people of Crestline and Arrowhead are very nice. “They are wonderful, beautiful people up there,” he said.
Investigators are asking anyone with information on Kwan’s whereabouts to call Twin Peaks Station at 909-336-0600.
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