A body was found near a suburban Los Angeles lake where authorities have been searching for a college student originally from Naperville.
Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said firefighters found the body near Lake Castaic around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after extinguishing a small brush fire.
There are no immediate details on the identity of the body, but immediate speculation was that it could be that of a college student who vanished last week.
Bryce Laspisa, 19, was driving from his college in near Sacramento to his family's new home in a suburb of LA last Friday when something went wrong. His overturned SUV was found near Lake Casaic with his cell phone, wallet and laptop still inside. There was no sign of Laspisa, but officials confirmed blood was found inside of the car.
Lapisa's uncle, Frank David, said the family was reaching out in any way they can, hoping someone someone who knew the missing man when he was a student at Naperville Central High School had information on where he may be.
"It's bizarre," David said. "It's not like Bryce to do this. It's hard. I don't know how to explain it."
Flyers were posted at local businesses and the sheriff's department confirmed that divers were searching the lake.
Family and friends set up a "Find Bryce Laspisa" Facebook page and were hoping for the best.
Search efforts of the ground were halted and the missing person's case was turned over to homicide detectives.
Laspisa is described as white, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 160 pounds with red-orange hair.
NBCLA.com reports that Laspisa's family first reported him missing on Thursday, and was found by authorities only to disappear again the next day.
Anyone with information is asked to call 323-890-5500.