Missing San Diego man’s car found in Barrio Logan

The car belonging to a 24-year-old former television station employee who has been missing all week was found under a freeway overpass southeast of downtown San Diego Saturday, San Diego police said.

His black Saturn Ion was found about 9 a.m. on Logan Avenue under

Interstate 5 by a parking control officer working at Chicano Park for

festivities there, police Sgt. Ray Battrick said. Officers arrived at the car to investigate.

Erick Allen Wales left his Rio San Diego home in Mission Valley about

6:30 a.m. Monday and has not been heard from since, according to police and news reports.

His former employer, TV station San Diego 6, reported Friday that Wales worked as an information technology specialist for the station, and most recently has been working for other companies. The Union-Tribune had reported that Wales was last seen leaving for work at Vestacare in La Jolla.

According to San Diego 6, Wales’ cell phone is turned off and he has not responded to e-mails. The station quoted San Diego police Lt. Ernie Herbert as saying Wales’ failure to arrive at work or stay in touch with friends is “suspicious.”

Wales is believed to have made an ATM transaction near Interstate 15 and Aero Drive about 20 minutes after leaving home Monday, according to San Diego 6. The station also reported a possible sighting of Wales downtown on Wednesday, but police did not find him.

Police have been handling the case as that of a missing person. They

sent out a flier with Wales’ picture and description as white, 6 feet tall, 140 pounds, with light brown hair and hazel eyes.Wales’ car, a black Saturn Ion with California plate FR33BSD.

There is no further information on Wales’ possible location, Battrick said.