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Sheriff’s office suspends search for missing Casmalia man

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 21:20:45-04

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has suspended the search for a missing Casmalia man.

Robert Brusstar, 68, was last seen on Sunday, June 9, hiking in an area near Vandenberg Air Force Base.

His employer requested a welfare check on Tuesday, June 11 when he did not show up for work. Brusstar is employed as an aerospace maintenance worker.

Robert Brusstar

Sheriff’s deputies reportedly found the front door to Brusstar’s home unlocked and his wallet, keys and cell phone in the house.

Search crews spent six days searching a six-square-mile wildland area between Casmalia and Vandenberg Air Force Base using helicopters, rescue dogs, deputies on horseback, and other ground crews. However, sheriff’s officials say they were unable to find Brusstar or any evidence that he had been in that area.

Search and Rescue team members gather to search for Robert Brusstar. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)


Sheriff’s detectives have taken over the investigation into Brusstar’s disappearance.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (805) 681-4150. To leave an anonymous tip, call (805) 681-4171 or visit the sheriff’s website.