Twenty-one-year-old Lucas Prassas was last seen at his residence in Wynne, Arkansas on the morning of November, 29, 2013.
The man's grandmother said that she stopped by his apartment two days later, found the door unlocked, but no sign of her grandson.
Nothing appeared to be missing from the young man's apartment, and concerned relatives contacted police.
Reportedly, Luke is autistic, suffers from depression, and is bi-polar. He disappeared without his medicines and does not drive.
Reading Lucas Prassas' past Internet posts and conversations are uncomfortable.
Perhaps the writings are the result of his medical issues, but nonetheless, it is still difficult reading.
His comments can be crude.
He appears angry.
Prior to his disappearance, he seems to be engaged in multiple arguments, and describes himself as an online troll.
In one conversation, he challenges individuals to face-to-face confrontations.
He uses his real name and provides his real home address; apartment number and all.
A standard missing person investigation is difficult enough--did the person leave and start a new life or could they have been harmed?
But Lucas' challenge and posted home address add an additional wrinkle.
What if someone that the missing man had been bickering with online, accepted the challenge and traveled to Wynne, AR?
I think the best approach in finding Lucas would be to focus on his computer activities:
1) Conduct computer forensics
Before his disappearance, the missing man was immersed in social media and obviously spent lots of time online. What sites did he visit? What postings did he make? Something valuable to the investigation could be waiting there to be found.
2) Obtain legal access to his "real name" social media accounts
Was he being threatened? Had he befriended an individual and had they agreed to meet somewhere? Since he previously lived in Illinois, had he been in contact with people he knew there? His email and private messages may be useful in identifying threats and/or opportunities.
3) Identify and then obtain legal access to his "alias" accounts
With the basic information the public has about Luke, what can be found and attributed to him is likely the tip of an iceberg. He alludes to having other Internet personas. Could he be hiding from someone and only checking accounts that are not linked to his real name? What information might those unknown accounts hold regarding his whereabouts?
Portrayed as a missing person with medical issues that could jeopardize his safety would certainly help anyone trying to obtain a warrant to examine his computer and/or accounts.
Though the case has generated little attention from the media, Lucas Prassas' grandmother (Audery Waldo) has been very active online--repeatedly publicizing her grandson's case and pleading for anyone with information to go to authorities.
The details behind Lucas' disappearance are unique, but sadly, he is one of the over 16,000 stories of adults and children currently missing in the United States.
You can read previous posts from my Missing Person Monday series, by clicking here.