Michael David Vanzandt is a U.S. Air Force Veteran who went missing in Hermosa Beach, California on March 5, 2016. Michael Vanzandt was last seen by his friends when he left the waiting line to American Junkie (68 Pier Plaza) and walked toward Roberts Liquor (72 Pier Plaza) at about 10:15 p.m. on March 5, 2016. His friends were unable to make contact with him via cell phone shortly after he walked away and had made more than 20 calls to his cell phone.
According to family, it has been confirmed that Michael Vanzandt entered Roberts Liquor at around 10:15 p.m., but did not purchase anything. Security camera footage then shows Michael Vanzandt walking the plaza for a short during which time they are assuming that he was looking for his friends. Michael Vanzandt reentered Roberts Liquor, but it is unknown at this time if he made any purchases. Michael Vanzandt was last seen on security cameras at 11:00 p.m. in the plaza and it appears he was heading away from the pier.
Michael Vanzandt failed to report for work at Edwards Air Force Base on Monday, March 7, 2016 and his vehicle and belongings were found untouched at the Quality Inn where Michael and his friends were staying to avoid having to drive home after watching the UFC fight earlier in the night. His friends went back to their hotel room at around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2016 and waited from Michael Vanzandt. When Michael Vanzandt did not show, they left to head back home to Lancaster, California which is about 1 hour and 30 minutes away.
Michael Vanzandt is an avid swimmer and scuba diver. Michael’s brother, Tyler Vanzandt, said that Michael has been known to “take swims at night, you know, after he’s been drinking“according to a news report.
Michael David Vanzandt is 36 years old as of the date he went missing in March 2016. Michael Vanzandt is described as a white male standing 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 190 pounds. Michael Vanzandt has blonde hair, blue eyes and at least three tattoos including a tattoo of a tiger on his left bicep / shoulder area (photo below in gallery), a small tattoo of Buddha on his back / spine area and also the word “KEATON” in descending letters along his left calf. Michael was last seen wearing a dark gray sweater (photo below in gallery), a white undershirt, jeans and shoes/boots.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Michael David Vanzandt, contact Detective Joshua Droz with the Hermosa Beach Police Department at 310-318-0334 or via email at [email protected]