La Mesa man vanishes after leaving car running on Coronado Bridge

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SAN DIEGO - California Highway Patrol officers are investigating the disappearance of a La Mesa man, who left his car running on the Coronado Bridge early Wednesday.

Authorities are not sure if 36-year-old Bryan Bell jumped or hitched a ride. Investigators said Bell had been followed  by a driver from the East County after being involved in a hit and run accident . The driver called 911 and eventually contacted CHP officers at the bridge toll booth.

"The CHP immediately went back onto the bridge to look for my brother, but he was gone," said Jenn Holguin, Bell's younger sister.

Bryan Bell missing manBells' loved ones have plastered his picture all over Ocean Beach, where he used to hangout.

"He's very outgoing," said Holguin. "He's known all over the world from his professional rollerblading days."

Investigators were looking over his late 90s white Pontiac Montana minivan for possible clues. They said he had been drinking and left his home after an argument with a girlfriend.

The missing man's relatives created a Facebook page to spread the word about his case, which has become a big mystery.

Harbor police spent several hours looking for any sign of the restaurant cook, but turned up nothing.

"They did a water search in the dark," said Cari McLaughlin, Bell's older sister. "It was dark just after 3 a.m. They said they would come back at first light, but I don't know if they ever did."

Bryan Bell is 5-feet, 8-inches tall, weighs 165 pounds and has a thin build. He has hazel eyes and is bald, but usually wears a hat.

Anyone with information about this case should contact CHP office in San Diego.


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