UPDATE 1/10/2020: The family is still searching and has provided a link to digital assets (flyers, updates, canvassing maps, etc) here:
This past week, my brother-in-law left home with just the clothes on his back, no ID, no wallet, no phone, nor personal belongings. He left a goodbye letter for the family. We are in the process of searching for him and starting digital campaigns.
The following note was submitted to NamUs in hopes that the missing persons case will be posted on their site.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Richard Im went missing from his mother’s home sometime between 11:00 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2020 and the early morning of Jan. 2, 2020.
He uncharacteristically hugged all family members present in the home before he went to sleep on Jan. 1. He left a goodbye note and money for his mother. He did not take his cell phone, nor wallet containing his ID, bank cards, and money with him. He did not take additional clothes. Family looked at his web browser history and saw that he had made donations to various charities in the days before he left. He has also talked about going off to live in the mountains/forest.
Family believes he is what the Japanese call a “hikikomori,” a person who becomes a hermit/shut-in after experiencing traumatic event(s). He recently walked over 6 miles from his mother’s home to Eaton Canyon to meditate for most of the day. Family suspects he may have gone there or a similar place, off the grid.
If you have any information about Richard’s whereabouts, please contact:
San Gabriel Police Dept.
REPORT NO.: 2020-00025