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Brandon Goes Missing At Runyon, Police And Media Refuse To Believe He’s Home And Okay


Many media outlets have informed the public of a young man who went missing in Runyon Canyon on Sunday, January 1st, 2012. The young man, Brandon Olterman, 26, did go missing for about 20 hours when his friend, Logan, reported him missing. How do I know this? Logan is my assistant here at work and is the one who called the police about his friend. After he was able to get a hold of Brandon, who left Runyon on his own, had a dead cell phone and wasn’t able to get into his apartment, he reported to the police that all was fine.

Unfortunately, he is now being featured as STILL MISSING on many sites, including LA Weekly, MSNBC, FaceBook, the LAPD, etc. The guy is not missing and Logan has told this to every person who has called, which trust me, has been a few. He sits next to me here at work and I can’t tell you how many journalists have called and been informed that he’s fine before I see another article posted about this poor guy who’s gone missing and they are fearful for his health and safety.

I have never heard of a case of missing persons being so important that they refuse to believe the man who went missing after he says he is fine. If you are told the guy is no longer missing from the source who reported him missing as well as the missing victim, you should no longer pursue writing an article or feature it in a news report. I am literally in awe.

Here is the article posted on an LA Weekly Blog:

A young children’s book illustrator and graphic artist from Los Angeles has gone missing after taking off for a hike in Runyon Canyon on Sunday afternoon.

Brandon Thomas Olterman, 26, is currently being sought by the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit. “If anyone knows & has heard from children’s book illustrator Brandon Olterman please let me know,” says a friend and fellow artist on Twitter. “He was lost in Runyon Canyon yesterday — and no one has heard from him since.”

According to Olterman’s Facebook, he attended both high school and college in Ohio before moving to Los Angeles. His last public Facebook activity was on December 27…

 ​Police describe Olterman as a 5-foot-10-inch white male weighing 135 pounds. An LAPD release says he “was last seen wearing a dark color button shirt with a white t-shirt underneath, blue jeans and tennis shoes” before setting off to explore the Runyon Canyon hiking trails.

“Mr. Olterman has not been seen or heard from since and his family is extremely concerned for his welfare,” says the release.

Anyone with any information on his whereabouts can contact Detective Carlton at 213-996-1800.

Olterman’s LinkedIn profile says he works as a sales rep for “California Marketing Team” and a graphic designer for “ROAR Clothing.” More of his art can be viewed on his Tumblr or DeviantArt account. And here’s a quote from his RawArtists.org profile:

“I’m really inspired by old storybook illustrations. There’s a balance of innocence and darkness to them sometimes. There are an infinite amount of ‘things’ in this world, and they all have potential to be sources of inspiration. Every aspect of life is amusing; good, bad, and all the gray areas too.”

According to the Runyon Canyon Park website, it’s “unstaffed, unlocked and open from dawn to dusk.” And an employee at the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks notes that the canyon has “a lengthy trail, and it’s mountainous, so you can really fall anywhere.”

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