Uber/Lyft driver missing for more than a week found alive, friends say


Police are asking for the public's help in finding Joshua Thiede, a 29-year-old Uber and Lyft driver who was last seen February 11 near the 1000 block of Wilshire Boulevard.

A rideshare driver in California hasn't been heard from a week after picking up a fare in downtown Los Angeles, according to his family.

Friends tell CBS L.A. that Thiede has been out of it. On Feb. 12, his mother said a 911 hang-up call had been made from his phone. I saw about seven or eight police officers, somewhere in that number, doing an investigation, with a bloodhound in the vehicle.

Update: The Los Angeles Police Department reports they have located Joshua Thiede's vehicle in Koreatown.

Ross Stracke, who lives on Kingsley Drive, said he noticed the Altima had a ticket on its windshield, which is likely what tipped off authorities to its location.

"They opened up, the Bloodhound went in, the Bloodhound went out, and then the Bloodhound looked around a little bit", he described of the investigation.

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'We stand ready to assist in any way we can, ' they said.

Thiede worked as a driver for both Uber and Lyft to earn extra money while planning a line of organic shoes, relatives said on Facebook. Two pings showed his last known whereabouts were in the Pico-Union area.

His mom said she usually speaks with him every day.

Monday morning, a resident of the Koreatown section of L.A. noticed Theide's auto parked near his home. He is about 6 feet tall and weighs around 170 pounds.

Joshua is described by police as a white man with brown hair and blue eyes. And, thank you to ALL the fantastic social media volunteers who took the time to post, tweet, and share information that helped find someone they did not know.