Ivan Garcia, missing in Big Bear

Authorities are conducting a ground and aerial search for Ivan Garcia, 13, who left his Big Bear City home in the morning Dec. 30. Anyone with information is asked to call 909-866-0100.

UPDATE: 7:54 p.m. — Ivan Garcia has been found.

Details are still coming in, but the Big Bear Sheriff's Department has confirmed the teen has been found and is OK.

The 13-year-old was reported missing earlier in the day Dec. 30 when he apparently left his house. His family reported him missing and a ground and aerial search began.

It's unknown where he was located, only that he is OK.

As more information becomes available, this story will be updated.


UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. — There is no sign of a 13-year-old Big Bear City boy who apparently walked out of his home early on the morning of Dec. 30.

Ivan Garcia was reported missing by his family in the morning, according to Tiffany Swantek, public information officer for the Big Bear Sheriff's Station. A search began quickly on the ground and in the air with the assistance of the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department helicopter. There has not been any sign of the boy, Swantek said.

K-9 units have been brought in, but have not been able to find a scent of the young teen. The helicopter crew flew the entire Valley, including the forest and used infrared technology to search the forest. No signs of the boy were found.

Search and Rescue volunteers along with the Citizens on Patrol volunteers have joined the effort to find Ivan going door-to-door, Swantek said. The search is currently focused in the area where Ivan lives in an neighborhood known as the Peter Pan streets for their names associated with the children's tale. It is on the North Shore of Big Bear Lake.

Deputies continue to work with the boy's mother in locating friends and gathering information that might help in finding him, Swantek said.

If anyone has information or spots Ivan, call the Big Bear Sheriff's Station at 909-866-0100.


The Big Bear Sheriff's Station is searching for a missing 13,-year-old who left his home in the morning Dec. 30. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is assisting in the search from the air and making public address announcements.

Ivan Garcia was reported missing this morning from his Big Bear City home in the Peter Pan area of Big Bear City.

He left the house wearing either a charcoal colored cardigan sweater or a black hoodie with white lettering saying "Happily Outdoors." Ivan is not dressed for the cold winter weather for an extended period of time.

Deputies are searching on the ground and from the air. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Station at 909-866-0100.

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