Body of missing USF College student found in crashed Tesla – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Fresno County sheriff said Sunday afternoon that a missing USF student was found dead inside the Tesla he rented for a road trip.

Chris Liang, 21, had been missing since Monday. He was due to return the car on Wednesday.

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The California Highway Patrol received a report Saturday of a vehicle accident along Panoche Road west of Los Banos. There they found a Tesla overturned in a ditch.

Liang was later identified as the man inside.

At this point, it is not known when the accident happened or exactly how it happened.

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Chris Liang told his family he was making a sudden trip from San Francisco to Southern California on Monday, February 28. He has not been heard from since.

Liang’s older brother, Jerry, said he felt numb and shocked.

He said Chris shared a photo of himself in his newly rented Tesla before telling his family he was heading to Irvine. Monday was the last day Jerry said Chris had contact with anyone.

“I’m trying to stop myself from thinking too many ‘what ifs’ like maybe I should have posted on social media sooner, what if my brother was disabled,” Jerry Liang said.

Jerry said his younger brother texted him at 1:40 a.m. Monday and outlined his plans.

“(He was going) to meet a friend to do something that really wasn’t within his limits to do for that friend. I’m not going into too much detail, I don’t want to call him on national TV just in case. where he would come back alive and be too embarrassed, but there were also some really erratic choices,” Jerry said.

Jerry said he became even more worried because Chris had mental health issues. He said the Tesla app showed his last location was in the central California town of Firebaugh, where a supercharging station is located.

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“The whole premise of this trip was pretty crazy,” Jerry said. “He got his driver’s license last March. It has never driven since. He never drove from NorCal to SoCal. He’s never booked a hotel on his own, and the premise – him just renting this Tesla, during the school week, he’s still at school, and doing all these crazy things he told us about was just very worrying.

Jerry became more concerned when Chris’ friend said he never got to Irvine. His phone is unreachable. He didn’t return his rental car on Wednesday and missed class.

He is a senior at the University of San Francisco and is studying business.

USF said in a statement to KPIX 5:

“USF staff are working with the family of our student Christopher Liang. If you have any information that may help locate Chris, please call the USF Public Safety Dispatcher at (415) 422-4201.

The San Francisco Police Department said:

“We are aware of this missing person report and that this person is currently missing. The report was made with the Irvine Police Department. Please contact Irvine for further details/declaration. I’m not sure what you mean by the SFPD not declaring him missing.

After taking to social media and pleading with others to use the hashtag #findchrisliang, Jerry organized a search party and drove to the Central Valley to look for any signs of Chris on Saturday.

He said Chris complained to one of his friends that his Tesla was malfunctioning for about 20 minutes. Its location is not accessible via an app.

“He could be anywhere between San Francisco and Irvine, so local police departments, because they don’t know where he was missing from – nobody really took…. responsibility to find him,” Jerry said.

He also added that police investigators told him that the circumstances, strange as they were, were not enough to prove that it was a criminal act, nor did they allow the police to apply for a search warrant.

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He started findchrisliang.com and the family is offering a $25,000 reward for a tip leading to his whereabouts.

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