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Missing Burbank man’s vehicle discovered off Angeles Crest Highway

Missing Burbank man’s vehicle discovered off Angeles Crest Highway
Gevork Boyadzhyan was last seen leaving in this 2010 Lexus sedan, according to his family.
(Courtesy of Boyadzhyan family)

The car belonging to the 24-year-old Burbank man reported missing nearly two months ago was found Sunday off a cliff of the Angeles Crest Highway, authorities said Monday.

Gevork Boyadzhyan’s white Lexus sedan was located by authorities Sunday 400 feet off mile marker 65 of the highway, according to Lt. Brian Fitch of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. No body was found inside the car, but items of clothing were recovered next to the vehicle, he added.

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Boyadzhyan’s family said police told them an unidentified body was discovered near the scene, but authorities declined to confirm this to Los Angeles Times Community News. 

“We are praying it’s not him,” said Boyadzhyan’s sister, Ana Akilyan.

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The investigation, which is being handled by the Sheriff’s Department homicide bureau, remains ongoing.

Boyadzhyan was last seen leaving his home near Grismer Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard at around 7:30 p.m. on July 20. At around 8:30 p.m., he sent a text message to a friend that read “Call me.”

The friend returned the call an hour later, but Boyadzhyan’s phone had been turned off.

Since then, no activity has been reported on his credit cards, and there has been no sign of him at local hospitals or jails, according to his family.

Boyadzhyan has had run-ins with law enforcement in the past. He was convicted of robbery in September 2006 and of vehicle theft two years later, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.

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But after serving his last sentence, he turned his life around, Akilyan said.

“He was staying away from everybody or anything that could be trouble for him,” Akilyan had said a month after he went missing. “He wanted to get married. He didn’t want to go back to jail; he didn’t want to get in trouble.”

-- Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @atchek.

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