Pleasanton, CA

Father of two vanished in Bay Area during morning jog, police are scaling back the search

Josue Torres
Philip Kreycik with his two kids.Courtesy of family

Many volunteers and authorities searched for a man who went for a run in the San Francisco Bay Area and did not come home on Tuesday. The search teams used drones, helicopters, and off-road vehicles.

Philip Kreycik, 37, left his Berkeley home early Saturday morning to go for a one-hour run in the Pleasanton hills.

His wife contacted the police when he did not come home by the afternoon.

Kreycik’s smartphone and identification were discovered inside his car, which was parked in a lot off Moller Ranch Drive.

He is known to wear a smartwatch, but it only has GPS functionality when it is close to his phone.

Crews were on their fourth day of looking, and authorities made use of infrared-equipped aircraft to look for Kreycik from above, but to no effect.

Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, one of the many agencies searching for Kreycik said that when they look at the different contingencies, the assessment of the entire operation over the last four days, they have come to two conclusions:

He’s either incapacitated within the search zone and they can’t find him, or he is not there, he is somewhere else.

Crews worked into the night Monday evening using a heat-sensing drone packed with high-tech cameras to attempt to locate the husband and father of two.

Pleasanton Police Department Lt. Erik Silacci said that dogs had a scent on the first day that only lasted a short distance.

That trail vanished down a path off Moller Ranch Drive near a water tower.

According to friends, Kreycik is an enthusiastic runner who is in excellent form and has no known health issues.

As of Monday evening, 100 individuals from 13 different organizations were looking for Kreycik, an energy efficiency analyst.

The search included officials from every Bay Area county. Another 200 individuals joined friends and relatives to search the neighborhood.

Many of the volunteers had never met Kreycik before but wanted to assist.

Many of the people who had been looking for hours mentioned that they feel empathy for the family, saying that they would like the same kind of help if it was them the ones missing.

Pacific Gas and Electric confirmed Kreycik’s employment in a statement on Tuesday.

The company mentioned that they remain optimistic for his safe recovery and thanked the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers for assisting in the search for Philip.

After four days of intense scouring at the East Bay hills park, the Pleasanton Police Department opted to scale back the search for the missing man.

Pleasanton Police Lt. Erik Silacci said in a statement Tuesday evening that more than a dozen entities and a hundred volunteers discovered no major clues in the 9,000-acre Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park where Kreycik disappeared while on an 8-mile run Saturday.

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