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Father Of Three Missing After A Night Out With Friends

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An Air Force vet and father of three is missing after a night out with friends in Hermosa Beach. Michael David Vanzandt, 36, vanished on Saturday night from Pier Plaza, KTLA reports. Vanzandt was last seen leaving a line outside of the American Junkie restaurant, located at 68 Pier Avenue, at about 10:15 p.m., then walking to Roberts Liquor next door. After that, Vanzandt's friends lost sight of him and weren't sure where he went. They attempted to call his cell phone a total of 22 times, but he did not answer, ABC 7 reports.

Earlier, Vanzandt and his friends watched the UFC fight and decided to check into a Quality Inn hotel instead of driving back to Lancaster. The friends returned to the hotel at around 2 a.m., then waited for Vanzandt until about 1 p.m., Sunday afternoon. His car was found at the Quality Inn, right where he had parked it, and his belongings were undisturbed.

Vanzandt works at Edwards Air Force Base and did not show up for his shift on Monday. He's the father of three children and is currently in the midst of a divorce with his wife, Krishain Vanzandt. She told ABC 7 that Vanzandt would never "just up and leave" his children.

Vanzandt's brother, Tyler Vanzandt, is concerned that he may have tried to go for a swim.

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"He's somebody that does like to take swims at night, you know, after he's been drinking," he told ABC 7.

Vanzandt is described as a white male who is about 6 feet tall and 190 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. He has multiple tattoos including a tiger on his upper left arm, a Buddha on his back and the word "KEATON" on his left calf. Anyone with information should contact Detective Joshua Droz with the Hermosa Beach Police Department at 310-318-0334.