Laurence Kailanii Brannum

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Above Images: Laurence, circa 2009

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 15, 2009 from Santa Maria, California
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: June 30, 1999
  • Age: 9 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'9, 64 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Laurence goes by his middle name, Kailanii.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Laurence was last seen in Santa Maria, California at 10:00 a.m. on April 15, 2009. He was camping in the area with friends. While playing on the rocks at the north end of Paradise Beach, near Mussel Rock, Laurence was knocked over by a wave and swept out to sea. The area where he was is very remote and accessible only by foot, and you had to walk for three hours to get cellular phone reception, so the authorities didn't begin the search of Laurence until after 4:00 p.m. An extensive search turned up no sign of him or his body. The ocean in that area is rough and very dangerous, and others have died after being swept into the water in similar circumstances.

    Laurence was adopted by a single woman as an infant; she also adopted his three older siblings. His family describes him as an outdoorsy and adventurous child who loved animals, nature, sports and memorizing Bible verses. He was in the third grade Harloe Elementary School at the time of his disappearance. He is presumed to have drowned, but he remains listed as missing since his body has never been recovered.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
    805-681-4100

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Times Press-Recorder
    KSBY 6
    The San Luis Obispo Tribune
    The Lompoco Record
    Up In The Attic

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 9, 2012; two pictures added.

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