Search underway for Hollywood visual effects producer who disappeared last week


A visual effects producer who worked on “The Avengers,” “X-Men” and “World War Z” disappeared last Tuesday from his work in Gardena without his belongings and hasn’t been heard from since, police said.

Los Angeles police and the family of Eric Anthony Kohler, 27, are looking for information.

Kohler was last seen leaving work in the 1700 block of El Segundo Boulevard at about 4 p.m. He left without his wallet, laptop and other personal belongings.

His phone records show he went to a Food 4 Less parking lot, but his cellphone was later turned off, KTLA reported.

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Los Angeles police said foul play is not suspected.

Kohler’s family has flooded social media with information about him using the hashtag #FindKohler.

Family members told KNTV-TV that Kohler never missed work, especially because he had been working on a major project with a strict deadline.

“He had big ambition to work hard and that’s what he’s been doing and something bad happened,” his mother, Sheryi Kohler, said.

Kohler worked at Vitality Visual Effects, where he created digital effects, coworkers said. His work was seen in several Hollywood films including “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Looper” and “San Andreas.” His latest projects were “The Revenant” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” and “Midnight Special” starring Kirsten Dunst.

Anyone with information about Kohler’s whereabouts is urged to call LAPD’s Missing Person Unit at (213) (996-1800) or (213) 484-6700

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