Search on for OC man last seen in San Diego

Posted at 4:10 PM, May 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 14:50:03-04

A man disappears under strange circumstances, and detectives trace his movements right into San Diego County.

"My biggest fear is that somebody hurt him or somebody has him," Luisa Barmaki said of her son Jonathan.

Barmaki said not knowing the fate of her son is torture.

"I've been praying a lot," Barmaki added.

It’s been two weeks of prayers and tears. On Saturday, April 30, around 3 p.m., her 27-year-old son grabbed the keys and left their home in Buena Park.

Jonathan didn't say goodbye, but Barmaki didn't think anything of it.

"He seemed happy and he seemed to be in a good place," said Barmaki.

She started to get worried when he didn't answer his phone.

On Monday morning, around 3 a.m., there was a knock at the door. Police told her Jonathan's 2013 Honda Civic was found with plenty of gas on the side of Old Highway 80, feet from a welcome sign in Jacumba Hot Springs.

The car was locked with the windows up. In the front was her son's 15-year-old dog, Sandy, dead.

"My heart just broke because I knew they were best friends and Jonathan would never ever leave the dog," said Barmaki.

Also inside the car was a newly purchased dog bowl and food, along with Jonathan's phone.

What was not in the car were his keys and wallet.

Surveillance video shows Jonathan Barmaki at the Target at Plaza Bonita mall around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, where he bought toiletries, a phone charger and clothes. Around 5 a.m. Sunday, video shows him buying gas at a National City Valero gas station.

Eighteen hours later, the Border Patrol found his car.

Barmaki was told a set of footprints led from the car 70 feet -- to a 25-foot border fence.

Sources say Jonathan, a professional house flipper, was not familiar with the San Diego area.

If you have information on case, call Buena Park Police or Luisa Barmaki at 714-293-4113.