SAN JACINTO (CBSLA.com) — Mira Ecker says she found it odd her husband left Monday morning without giving her the usual kiss goodbye.
The San Jacinto resident says she got out of bed to find the door wide open, her husband gone and his work boots left in the entryway — something she said her husband would never leave home without.
John R. Ecker, 35, may have been kidnapped and Riverside County authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating him.
Mira Ecker said she last saw her husband early Monday when she heard him playing on his phone in their bedroom. He usually leaves early for work as a contractor in LA and Orange counties.
She woke up again around 7 a.m. to find her husband and his 2013 GMC truck were gone. His GPS and his broken sunglasses were outside, apparently tossed out of the truck. She said he wasn’t answering his phone.
At 8 a.m., John Ecker’s father called to say he hadn’t shown up for work.
Mira Ecker called police shortly after 9 a.m. to her home on the 600 block of East Old Second Street to report her husband missing.
“Something is wrong, something is desperately wrong and I have to find my husband,” Mira said.
Shortly before 10 p.m., California Highway Patrol notified relatives that they found Ecker’s truck 60 miles away in Indio.
Police believe foul play may be a factor in Ecker’s disappearance.
John Ecker is described as white and 5 feet 9 inches tall. He has short blond hair and blue eyes. Ecker also has visible tattoos on both sides of his neck.
Anyone with information regarding Ecker’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the San Jacinto Police Department at (951) 654-2702 or Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099.