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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Evan Flanary, Man Reported Missing After Meeting Stranger From Social Media App, Found Safe

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Was having a whale of a good time
  • Was having a whale of a good time

Not many missing person stories have a happy ending. But Monday was truly a happy night for Deborah Berlingeri, when she was reunited with her 22-year-old son, Evan Flanary, who had been missing for nearly a week.

Here's what his mother posted on the website created for her missing son:

"Good news. Evan has been found safe. Praise the Lord and pass the GPS! This website is for sale. If you have a wayward child called Evan, or you've simply left someone called Evan in the toy department of a crowded store ... have we got a deal for you!"

Berlingeri reported Flanary missing on June 19 after he went to meet up with a stranger he had contacted through a cell phone app. He was last seen in the Mission and had not been heard from since.

His mother distributed flyers, noting that Evan had no money on him and his cellphone had died. She stressed that disappearing like this is not something her son would do.

Apparently, he would.

Flanary reportedly hit it off with this stranger, and the two spent the following week together, enjoying the festivities in downtown San Francisco over the weekend. Here's what his mother said about Evan's time off the grid:

"The battery in his cell phone died and although he had a charger, it just wouldn't take the charge. He never noticed the flyers, but [Monday] he saw his image on a television screen and could not believe it."

Once he realized everyone was looking for him, Flanary decided to take a break from his staycation and rejoin the world. Welcome back, Evan!

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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