Search under way for missing BMX biker who recently moved to Phoenix

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Michael Histand bought a one-way ticket to Phoenix to find his son, Brian, who has been missing since mid-May.

“Lack of information is a roadblock right now,” said Histand, who is a police sergeant in Pennsylvania. He brought a friend and colleague with him to try and retrace Brian's steps and talk to anyone who can help.

“My concern is his personal safety,” Histand said. 

The search effort is gaining support through social media and through the BMX community. Brian Histand, who's a professional BMX biker, had moved to Phoenix within the last year. He was working on his BMX bike clothing line while holding another job, according to his father.

The 25-year-old was last seen on May 15 walking toward South Mountain. Michael said early that morning police found Brian in a field near 35th Avenue and Dobbins Road.

“Five thirty in the morning, no clothes on, praying in the middle of the field,” Michael Histand described.

Police made sure Brian was OK and let him go. It’s not known where exactly he went after that.

“Clearly, he’s not thinking rationally, not normal thinking for him, out of character,” said his father.

The one lead he has right now, Brian’s car was found near the field where he was last seen.

“His bike was in there, his wallet, credit cards, ID, no telephone,” Michael Histand said. “That’s all I know was in his car.”

Volunteer searchers have been coordinating efforts. Dayna Miller, a fire and safety, search and rescue volunteer, examined the field near Dobbins Tuesday afternoon.

“We’ve walked into the mountains, searched these mountains,” Miller explained. “We’ve been looking for shoe prints.”

Miller plans to return to the field with search dogs to look for clues.

“At this point, we have no leads to go on, except this field,” Miller said.

Michael Histand said other volunteer groups are organizing a search in South Mountain Park. Miller, who’s been involved in other high-profile missing person searches in the Valley, said her goal is to find Brian and bring closure to his family, closure his family needs.

“Brian needs to get a hold of Mom and Dad, let us know you’re OK,” urged Michael Histand. “There’s a lot of friends and family concerned.”

Phoenix police are investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 602-534-2121.

A Facebook page has been created to help with the search.