Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Missing Persons Unit are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Robert Mercer, a 34 year-old Hispanic male who was last seen on Tuesday, February 5, 2020, at 6:54 A.M. He was last seen arriving at Lake Palmdale in the City of Palmdale. Mr. Mercer is possibly suicidal.
A joint search of Lake Palmdale by divers from LASD’s Special Enforcement Bureau’s Emergency Services Detail and the Los Angeles County Fire Department was initiated at approximately 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. The water search concluded at approximately 5:00 P.M. Mr. Mercer was not located.
Currently, LASD’s Antelope Valley Search and Rescue team is searching the land surrounding Lake Palmdale along with LASD’s scent dogs. The scent dogs and their handlers will be working throughout the evening in hopes of locating Mr. Mercer.
The joint unified command water search operation for Mr. Mercer will resume tomorrow morning, pending weather conditions.
Mr. Mercer is described as 6’02”, 350 lbs, and has short black hair, brown eyes and a goatee.
Family members have not heard or seen him since and are concerned for his well-being.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau, Missing Persons Unit, Detective Morris at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the "P3 MOBILE APP" on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.