|Case Type: Endangered Missing
Missing Date: Wednesday 15th April 2009
Missing From: Santa Maria Calafornia
Missing Country: USA
Age Now: 10
Known Circumstances: Laurence was last seen on April 15, 2009, at the north end of Paradise Beach, in Santa Maria, California. He may also go by his middle name, Kailanii.
Submitted by Jasmine on 19 April, 2009 – 17:41.
Some searchers still clung to hope Friday that young Laurence Kailanii Brannum would surface somewhere, down shore, on another beach, or near the spot where he disappeared while exploring tide pools this week.
But many others, including search-and-rescue officials, calculated the chances of 9-year-old Brannum’s survival in the choppy waters off Santa Barbara County as unlikely, calling off their search Thursday afternoon for the Arroyo Grande boy.
“There are still people out there searching for him,” said the boy’s aunt, Lori Brannum of Arroyo Grande. “They’re hoping maybe he washed up-shore 10 miles from there and crawled under a bush somewhere.”