Missing San Jacinto Man Found Alive in Coachella

Kitty Alvarado

Photo: Video by kmir6.com

Missing San Jacinto Man Found Alive in Coachella

CREATED Jan. 7, 2014

PALM DESERT - A SAN JACINTO MAN HAS BEEN FOUND SAFE....AFTER WE WENT MISSING YESTERDAY....
IT WAS BREAKING NEWS HERE LAST NIGHT AT 11PM...

BUT WHAT EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MAN ISN'T CLEAR....
THE FAMILY THINKS HE WAS KIDNAPPED....

BUT POLICE SAY THEY DON'T SUSPECT FOUL PLAY...

NEW KMIR REPORTER KITTY ALVARADO IS HERE WITH DETAILS OF HOW THE MAN WAS FOUND...
 

KITTY:
GINO...ELIZABETH...
35-YEAR-OLD JOHN ECKER OF SAN JACINTO HADN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE HE LEFT FOR WORK EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING...

HIS FAMILY FEARED THE WORST...ESPECIALLY AFTER HIS TRUCK WAS FOUND LAST NIGHT ABANDONED ALONG THE FREEWAY.

BUT THIS MORNING...AN ALERT GAS STATION CLERK RECOGNIZED ECKER AND CALLED POLICE.

*You found him?!
JOHN BOTTOMLY, RELIVES THE HAPPY PHONE CALL HE RECIEVED AFTER A WORRISOME NIGHT OF NOT KNOWING WHERE HIS 35-YEAR-OLD SON-IN-LAW WAS.

LATE MONDAY NIGHT....CHP FOUND JOHN ECKERT'S ABANDONED WORK TRUCK IN A DITCH ON I-10 NEAR THE CACTUS CITY REST AREA EAST OF INDIO

WE'RE LEARNING ECKER *DID* HAVE CONTACT WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT OVERNIGHT....BUT ACCORDING TO HIS FATHER IN LAW...HE WASN'T ACTING LIKE HIMSELF.

he was confused he was saying a bunch of situations that weren't true

ADDING TO THAT...HE HAD TROUBLE IDENTIFYING HIMSELF...

he told them his name was ekert with a t and it's not ... they took him to a truck stop and just left him there

IN JUST A T-SHIRT AND FLIP FLOPS....HE WASN''T DRESSED FOR THE OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES....AND WAS IN PRETTY ROUGH SHAPE.

they looked at the video where he was at the truck stop and it looked like he had been beaten up or something

THEN EARLY IN THE MORNING...ECKER WALKED INTO THIS GAS STATION IN COACHELLA....

HE WAS RECOGNICZED BY THE STORE CLERK FROM MISSING PERSON FLIERS.

THE CLERK IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ...

INVESTIGATORS NO LONGER BELIEVE THERE WAS FOUL PLAY INVOLVED....BUT THE FAMILY ISN'T SO SURE.

we still think that he was kidnapped because there were people using ... they stole my daughters purse... using credit cards

REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENED OVERNIGHT....THE FAMILY SAYS THEY'RE JUST HAPPY ECKER IS HOME SAFE.

AND AGAIN....AFTER INITIALLY SUSPECTING FOUL PLAY....POLICE ARE NOW SAYING THEY DON'T BELIEVE THIS WAS A CRIME.

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