MISSING MAN: Lyft driver missing from La Mesa

David Medina, 33, was last seen driving red SUV
Posted at 10:34 AM, Apr 13, 2017

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) -- San Diego Police are asking for the public's help in finding a North Park man who family and friends said uncharacteristically disappeared last week.

David Bernal-Medina was driving his red 2016 GMC Terrain SUV when he went missing on April 7. 

That same day, California Highway Patrol officers found the car crashed on the side of the Interstate 8, near the Jackson Drive off-ramp. 

"We’ve thought the worst. Then we have a little bit of hope,” said Bernal-Medina's friend, Jessica Gonzales.

10News Reporter Emily Thode spoke with Gonzales as she posted missing flyers with his picture near storefronts.

Bernal-Medina’s partner, Josef Gonzales, shares a home in North Park with the 32-year-old Lyft driver in North Park. He said they reported Bernal-Medina missing on last Friday. 

“It’s very unlikely for him to be gone for this long,” Josef Gonzales said.

He said Medina’s phone is dead and there has been no activity on Medina’s credit cards or bank account since last Wednesday, the day before he went missing.

Medina has not posted to his social media accounts either, which his partner said is unlike him. 

Friends believe Medina may have been driving intoxicated early Thursday morning when he crashed after leaving the home of an acquaintance.

“He clearly wandered off somewhere or someone maybe picked him up,” Jessica Gonzales said.

Friends say they are upset that CHP did not tell them that Bernal-Medina's crashed GMC was found the same day he went missing.  They were in the dark, calling and posting fliers for a week. 

If you have seen Medina or have information about his whereabouts, contact San Diego Police's Department of Missing Persons at 619-531-2346.