BETHEL ISLAND -- Authorities are seeking a 30-year-old Bethel Island man who walked away from a psychiatric evaluation in Martinez on Feb. 5 and has not been seen since, the Contra Costa Sheriff's office said Monday.
Christopher Fachner was admitted for evaluation at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center on Feb. 4 and released the following day, Contra Costa County Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said. Fachner did not return home following the evaluation, nor did he contact his family, who reported him missing Feb. 9.
Fachner, who suffers from psychosis, is lost without his medication in an area he is unfamiliar with, according to his mother, Elizabeth Wheaton. He was admitted for the psych evaluation after an officer approached him in his disabled car, where he had been sitting for several hours, in Oakley on Feb. 4.
"He had run out of gas and needed a tow," Wheaton said. "When the tow truck arrived, he told the officer that the truck was the wrong color and could not tow his car."
The officer impounded his car and had him taken to the hospital, Wheaton said. Fachner left the hospital on foot, and his car remains impounded.
Fachner withdrew $100 from the Wells Fargo branch at 902 Main St. in Martinez on Feb. 5 before his trail went cold completely, Wheaton said. Fachner does not have a functioning ATM card and must go inside the bank to withdraw money.
Fachner has not used his phone since Jan. 27, or his food stamp card, his mother said. Neither the phone nor food stamp card has been found.
Fachner is white, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing brown shorts and dark brown boots. He may be trying to return to his father's home in Bethel Island, where he has been living for the past three months, or to Wheaton's home in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Area and out of state law enforcement have been notified of Fachner's disappearance, and he has been entered into the state's missing persons database.
"Help me bring my son home," Wheaton said Monday. "We have no clue of his capabilities in this situation."
Anyone with information about Fachner's whereabouts may contact the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office at 925-646-2441.