A search continued Friday for a young North Hollywood couplewho went missingduring a holiday road trip to Big Sur and did not return by Christmas as planned.
Aaron Morganstein, 33, and Mariya “Masha” Mitkova, 27,
The first photo confused the hell outta me. I thought they were the same people. The guy looks like the other guy. Turns out they are another couple who went missing a month ago in November 2016. They’ve since been found.
OK so the actual story, the families are at odds. I’m certain that her family thinks that he did something to her. Couples always have lovers quarrels. But they make up. Every couple that disappears isn’t participating in foul play. Sometimes they just want to escape everything and everyone. Maybe they just wanted to have this time to themselves with no interruptions. Maybe family was a problem and created tension amongst them. Family can sometimes interfere with love and relationship goals.
Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon. Bordered to the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the west by the Pacific Ocean, it’s traversed by narrow, 2-lane State Route 1, known for winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty coastline. The sparsely populated region has numerous state parks for hiking, camping and beachcombing.
Those are pictures of Big Sur. I can’t say I blame them if they wanted to disappear here. It’s gorgeous! I love it! I’m hoping they return after the New Year. Maybe they just wanted to get away. If they don’t return by January 2 then I’d start to worry. But right now this looks like a romantic getaway. I hope I’m right.
The only strange thing I see is if they were only gonna stay for 2 days, why bring the dogs? Maybe they didn’t trust family to look after them.
Police circulated photos of Olivia Hannah Gonzalez, 20, and Brian Fernandez, 21, hoping someone will share information leading to their whereabouts.
The couple were last seen nearly a week ago, and their families have not heard from them since, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Gonzalez and Fernandez did not live together, said Vanessa Guzman, who is Gonzalez’s sister.
The two left Dec. 23 on what was to be a weekend trip. They were expected to return on Christmas Day, according to the LAPD.
Gonzalez is Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs 120 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes. Fernandez is also Hispanic, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Fernandez was driving a tan 2002 Honda Civic four-door sedan, with a California license plate number of 5VUD295.
Guzman, 32, said the last time she heard from her sister Olivia was at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 23.
“I asked her if she was going with me to our family for the Christmas holiday,” said Guzman, who added her sister lives with her. “She informed me she was going to Big Sur.”
The last text message anyone received from Gonzalez was a message she sent to Guzman’s husband at 11:40 a.m. saying she was two hours away from Big Sur.
“Her phone went off around 4 p.m.,” Guzman explained.
Guzman said she has heard claims from friends of Fernandez that he logged into social media on Wednesday but was not responding to anyone’s messages “which I find pretty weird.”
She also said she has never met Fernandez but added her sister had dated him for four months off and on.
“I heard they had a rocky relationship,” Guzman said. A mutual friend told her Gonzalez was planning to “break it off” with Fernandez.
“I was concerned why she left with him on a road trip the next day,” Guzman said. “I don’t think she went against her will because her clothes and makeup were gone.”
On Friday, Guzman was on her way to Cambria to search for her sibling.
“I’m starting to worry about my sister,” she said. A detective told her there was video footage of Fernandez using a credit card at a liquor store in Cambria. She wanted to hand out fliers of her missing sister in that community.
Fernandez’s mother, Rosa Fernandez, 66, said on Friday her son lives with her in her North Hollywood home. She said her last conversation with Fernandez was at 7 a.m. Dec. 23, and he told her he was going camping, which was not unusual.
“He loves to do that,” his mother said, adding he took with him a backpack, blanket and a tent for the trip.
“He said he would be back by Christmas, which was (last) Sunday. And he never returned – and he never gave us a call,” Rosa Fernandez said. “He always calls me when he decides to come back later, or if it’s night and he’s not home he’ll say, ‘Mom, I’m on my way.'”
Fernandez’s mother said her son has not been responding to family members’ phone calls and texts, and it appears his phone is shut off.
The mother said she did not know the current relationship status of her son and his girlfriend.
“They were together, then they were separated,” Rosa Fernandez said. “I don’t know what’s going on with them.”
Vanessa Guzman, the sister of Gonzalez, says this is out of character for her sister not to return calls. She says the couple was last seen at Ragged Point and that they were traveling with two dogs, a husky and golden retriever. Their credit card history shows their last purchases were at the Cambria General Store.
Guzman and her family passed out fliers in the Cambria and Big Sur area on Friday with hope that someone would give them a tip on the whereabouts of the couple.
According to Guzman, Fernandez had camped in Big Sur a couple of times before. She says his family is currently in the area and will be searching for the couple on Saturday.
Back in Los Angeles, Guzman says a tip came in that a couple matching the descriptions of the couple was spotted at a Rite Aid in North Hollywood, but so far there have been no leads on that.