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UPDATE: Missing San Jacinto Man Found Alive, Wife Says She's 'Blessed'

Ecker family photos of John R. Ecker, 35, of San Jacinto, and his work truck, released Jan. 6, 2013.
Ecker family photos of John R. Ecker, 35, of San Jacinto, and his work truck, released Jan. 6, 2013.
Update 12:05 p.m. The Sheriff's Department has released an update addressing how missing man John R. Ecker, 35, of San Jacinto, turned up Tuesday morning in the Indio area.

Here's the full statement from San Jacinto police:

On January 7, 2014, at approximately 5:45 AM, a male matching John Ecker's description walked into a convenience store located on the 45000 block of Dillon Road, in Coachella. The store clerk recognized the man as matching the description of John Ecker from a flyer he received from the Ecker Family. The clerk called Riverside County Sheriff's Dispatch and a deputy responded to the scene. The deputy contacted the man and identified him as John Ecker. John Ecker has been reunited with his family and foul play is no longer suspected. 

Reunited with her husband Tuesday morning, Mira Ecker told Patch she still believes he was abducted.

Update 10:45 a.m. 
A man whose family members believed he was kidnapped and carjacked early Monday in San Jacinto was located alive Tuesday morning in the Indio area, where he reunited with his wife and she tearfully said "I am blessed."

John R. Ecker, 35, of San Jacinto, was dazed and exhausted when he walked into a gas station around 5:30 a.m. Jan. 7, saw a flier with his own picture on it, and said "I have tattoos like that," his wife and father told Banning-Beaumont Patch.

Ecker, who was considered missing by family for about 24 hours, went to JFK Memorial Hospital at one point, and he was with his wife and father at 10 a.m. outside De Lara Brothers Towing on Harrison Street.

"My mom, my sister-in-law, my brother, my uncle, his girlfriend and our neighbor, we were all passing out fliers in Indio," Mira Ecker, 34, said by phone.

"We went to casinos, restaurants, gas stations, anywhere that was open," she said. "From about 11 or midnight to 5 this morning, 530. We were driving back home through Whitewater when we got the call. That was Christmas to get that phone call."

The missing man's father, John T. Ecker, 59, of Glendora, said his son walked into a gas station store near one of the casinos off Interstate 10.

"A girl at the Chevron station near the casino out here, 29 Casino, she had the poster and showed it to J, we call him J," he said. "J looked at the poster and he said 'I have tattoos like that.' He was disillusioned, delirious. . . . 

"The girl recognized him and called Mira, Mira told her call the police," Ecker's father said. "We came out and picked him up.

"He's been roughed up, beaten up. He went to the hospital last night but they wouldn't call anyone for him so he got up and left. It was JFK. I got him right here at the tow yard trying to get his truck back right now."

As of Tuesday morning, Ecker was unable to recount exactly what happened to him in the previous 24 hours since he went missing, his family members said.

The few details he can recall lead his relatives to believe that Ecker was abducted by people in multiple vehicles, his wife said. They intend to spend time with investigators and hope whoever allegedly kidnapped Ecker is caught.

In the meantime a wife who wept in Monday interviews with Patch and televised news broadcasts was overwhelmed and grateful to have her husband back in one piece.

"I am blessed," Mira Ecker said. "This man means everything to me and my kids. How do you find words when somebody means this means this much to you. He is my heart and soul. We weren't going to rest until we found him. . . .

"He remembers little parts of what happened," she said. "He's in a blur, in shock about it. Right now he needs rest. He walked through the desert. He survived.  He said he wasn't going to stop until he got there. . . .

"He's so dehydrated and wiped out. He is not a weak man mentally or physically but he's drained and he needs to recover."

Mira Ecker said she had "no clue why anyone would do that to my husband. Whoever did this, they are P-O-S's. I hope they get caught and I hope karma bites them in the ass as hard as they can."

Update 8:35 p.m. 
The Sheriff's Department released a statement Monday evening about the search for John R. Ecker, 35, whose wife said she last saw him at their home early Monday in San Jacinto.

The statement was written at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6 and it does not include the latest info reported by Banning-Beaumont Patch:

The California Highway Patrol has located a white flatbed work truck with a toolbox near Interstate 10 east of Indio, and the vehicle is associated with Ecker.

Here's the statement from Sgt. Wallace Clear of the San Jacinto Police Department:

On January 6, 2014, officers from the San Jacinto Police Department responded to a suspicious circumstance at a residence on the 600 block of East Old Second Street, San Jacinto. The resident reported she was unable to contact her husband who left for work earlier in the morning.

Numerous attempts to contact and locate 35-year-old, John Ecker have been unsuccessful. At this point, investigators believe foul play may be a factor.

John Ecker is a white male adult, 5 feet, 9 inches tall. He has short blond hair and blue eyes.  John Ecker also has visible tattoos on both sides of his neck. His 2013, white GMC utility truck is also missing. The vehicle's license plate is CA, 73016F1. The utility truck has a "Ecker Concrete" logo and business information on both the driver and passenger side doors.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of John Ecker is encouraged to call the San Jacinto Police Department at (951) 654-2702 or Riverside County Sheriff's Dispatch at (951) 776-1099.

Update 8 p.m. 
The California Highway Patrol has located a white flatbed work truck with a toolbox near Interstate 10, and the vehicle is associated with a missing person named Ecker, a CHP dispatcher in Indio said in a phone interview Monday night.

The vehicle was located by the CHP about 5:50 p.m. Jan. 6 in a ravine near the Cactus City Rest Area east of Indio, the dispatcher told Banning-Beaumont Patch.

A CHP officer was on scene with the vehicle just before 8 p.m., the dispatcher said. There was no sign of John R. Ecker, 35, whose wife said she last saw him at their home early Monday in San Jacinto.

An abandoned vehicle on the 10 was reported by the CHP to Indio police around 10:45 a.m. Jan. 6, a police watch commander told Indio PD spokesman Ben Guitron.

Update 5:47 p.m.
The father of a San Jacinto man who was reported missing Monday contacted Patch to share more information he hopes will help locate John R. Ecker, 35, who was last seen by his wife early Jan. 6.

"It looks like there was a struggle in the driveway," John T. Ecker, 59, of Glendora, said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. "There was a couple flashlights, a pair of sunglasses and a portable GPS, on the ground outside where his truck was. . . . 

"And their car in the driveway, it got rammed into," he said. "Like whoever took his truck rammed it. . . . 

"Someone on this street has surveillance video and it showed a black pickup come down here twice, about 4:45" in the morning Jan. 6, he said.

John T. Ecker described his son's work truck as a white single-cab 2012 GMC 3500 with a contractor's bed and black toolboxes. He said his son's two-door truck was also seen leaving on the surveillance footage.

"To my knowledge no one in the neighborhood has a black pickup," he said. "My nephew looked at the surveillance and the detectives did too."

John T. Ecker said he was calling Patch from outside the home where his son and daughter-in-law live in San Jacinto.

Posted 3:47 a.m.
 A San Jacinto woman believes her husband has been kidnapped, she's distributed photos and info on social media in her efforts to find him, and deputies were investigating.

John R. Ecker, 35, was last seen early Monday Jan. 6 at his home in San Jacinto, his wife Mira Ecker, 34, told Patch in a phone interview.

"We do have a report of a missing person from Ms. Ecker at 9:06 a.m.," Deputy Albert Martinez of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said Monday afternoon.

Mira tearfully recounted when she last saw her husband.

"He gets up real early to drive to work, he's a contractor in L.A. and Orange counties," she said. "I woke up and I saw him in the bedroom, he was smiling.

"I said 'You playing on your phone?' and he said 'Yeah' and I went back to sleep," Mira said. "I woke up around 7, 7:30 and realized he hadn't kissed me and I was that like 'That's weird.' He gives me a kiss every time he goes to work. . . . 

"I went out to the living room and noticed the front door open, he wasn't there and I sent him a text, nothing came back," she said. "Then my father-in-law, John Ecker Sr. in Glendora, he called me around 8, 'Have you heard from John?'"

Mira said she was speaking Monday afternoon outside the San Jacinto Police Department at 6th and Pico.

Here's the info she and worried friends have posted on social media with photos:

John has been kidnaped along with our work truck has been stolen . They came and stole my purse, wrecked our car. Last known transaction on my debit card was at the Shell in Cabazon at 0645 and it was denied. It was used at the Shell for $3
0.00 and went through . The police tracked the GPS and it came off at the 215 fwy and Perris Blvd., but it is now off. The reason I know he was taken, he was going to work in Glendora this morning. There were things on the grass: his GPS, his glasses, etc. His work boots are still by the door-John never leaves without his boots .

If you have any information, please contact Mira Ecker at (951) 378-1695, San Jacinto Police or dial 911.

Please help get John home !

Mira told Patch she reported John missing Monday morning and she'd spoken to detectives at her home and she was meeting with them again Monday afternoon at the station.

A little girl in the photos she shared was not missing, she said.

"My husband would not let anyone come into my home and take my purse, or come into the house at all," Mira said, weeping. "We will catch whoever did this."

She said John R. Ecker has worked recently in Pasadena, Glendora and Dana Point.

Anyone with more info was urged to call San Jacinto police at (951) 654-2702.
desertpatriot January 09, 2014 at 09:01 PM
carlv wrote: "DP, you're nuts. You should go write a few more bigoted story's to entertain yourself and all the other blue hairs in your trailer park" "sorry, just offended by geeks like DP". question for carl: who are you? when did you get out? and what were you in for?
Brenda January 09, 2014 at 11:26 PM
LOL you guys!!! Ok, looking at this guy again with the white wifee beater on again and I think it was another woman. The other woman found out about the wife and had him scared poopless so he would never cheat again? Or wife had him scared poopless? I think its another woman cause he is a fine piece of tall tree alot of women would not mind climbing. ***snicker***
Jess J January 09, 2014 at 11:28 PM
This is no surprise. My friend dated this man in the mid 2000s. He did the same thing to her, he disappeared. She was so distraught, couldn't figure out what happened, searched everywhere. Her parents didn't help because they knew something was suspicious. She didn't call the police because deep down she knew something wasn't right either. But she still searched on her own. He turned up a few days later totally coming down from a meth high. Things sprialed down from there. They both did meth and her life turned upside down. He also became abusive at this point. He hit her, took her away from her family that she loved. He was not a good man. When she saw his picture show up on her Facebook feed she freaked out and called me. Seeing a picture of someone who helped contribute so much damage to someone's life can be traumatic. But the scenario was not much different. Same exact thing happened. It looks like he tried to clean up his life and then something happened. His life seemed to be on the right track (at the time of her incident he wasn't even on speaking terms with his dad). Hopefully there can be some closure for his family and things don't happen the way they did for my friend. He seems to love them and hopefully if they or he read this they can see the warning signs...
RobertaLynn January 09, 2014 at 11:44 PM
Sad ... for your friend Jess.
rubberband January 09, 2014 at 11:57 PM
Whoa. Jess. You for real? Seriously? What a Helluva things that must be......Wow, that is some finish on this story....Hope he gets help if this is true. Reading stuff like this I find myself grateful that no one in my current family has a drug problem. It's a hard life that way.
Jess J January 10, 2014 at 12:06 AM
Yes for real. She is doing good with her life now. Married, happy, doing what she always wanted to do with her life before she met him. No drugs, or tats (except one, LOL) and happy. But they went on one downward spiral together, which used a little help from him. The only thing she wanted to do when she saw his face was tell the wife her story but didn't after some Facebook stalking (she just wanted the family to be happy) and wanted to keep what she had a secret. She has another life now. One where she keeps this man and this story for only the ones close to her, but I couldn't keep this in anymore, hopefully this will be somewhat anonymous as she is my anonymous source to the end of this story. If she sees this: I AM SORRY!!! I JUST NEEDED PEOPLE TO KNOW!
Carl Virden January 10, 2014 at 12:50 AM
DP, I'm not hiding behind a made up name. If you want to know who I am just look me up. I'm here for you. By the way, I've never been "in". Your bigotry is astounding.
beaumontdave January 10, 2014 at 01:39 AM
love the drama, crank it up folks,
Just Me January 10, 2014 at 02:42 AM
This story will not have the not so happily ever after conclusion posted. Did it not make anyone wonder why she would jump to the conclusion that he was kidnapped? There was no other car the neighbors security camera clearly showed just his truck! And that woman needs to get over her purse! They find his truck and she has her father in law ask if her purse or wallet were in it! No sweetheart your purse wasn't kidnapped! I'd bet it's drugs seriously it's public info and this guy has numerous cases for drugs! I think he was up to damn long and lost his freaking mind crashed into his own car and was waiting until he came down before going home to a pissed off wife! Funny how the family can have someone call the radio station and say he is in the hospital but nothing since. It's like the pink elephant in the room. Although all and all he is home and his children didn't lose their daddy but sounds like he needs rehab and growing up to do for his kids sake.
RobertaLynn January 10, 2014 at 09:41 AM
His dad should kick his ass to the curb and his wife should give him some tough love. Thanks Jess for exposing the puke and hey guys, watch your tools on the job!
rubberband January 10, 2014 at 12:41 PM
RobertaLynn said watch your tools on the job and all I could think of was: the guy years ago who accidentally nail gunned his privates to a roof.....AHHHHHHHH!!!!... Watch your tools indeed. (How many guys out there had a sympathetic cover-the-jewels- reaction ?)
desertpatriot January 10, 2014 at 02:02 PM
@carlv: give it a rest homeboy
RobertaLynn January 10, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Rubberband ... seriously, that guy would not be working in construction if he was that well endowed where it fell out of his pants and he accidently nailed it to the roof ... lmao and that's my visualization Pinocchio! ha ha ha ha your funny.
rubberband January 10, 2014 at 03:31 PM
I don't know or remember if he was not sober or what, but he was sitting on roof (been there sitting is safer) and he um, miscalculated or something and nailed his uh....bits to the roof. ----O god I feel sorta pale thinking about it gonna sit down wait I already am.
rubberband January 10, 2014 at 03:33 PM
O lord..I found it...."An Austrian roofer who slipped on the job ended up nailing himself to the roof - through his wedding tackle. According to Ananova, 59-year-old August Voegl of Jennersdorf "shot the four-inch nail into his left testicle with the compressed air nail gun" and was thereafter "unable to extract it or pull himself away from the roof". It was left to emergency medics to separate Voegl from the building and, after being whisked to hospital by air ambulance, he's reportedly "recovering well" following surgery.".......Wow. "We are all roofing for him to recover soon"... was the joke at the time.
RobertaLynn January 10, 2014 at 03:47 PM
Ok ... I stand corrected! I'm taking your word on this one. Still laughing!
rubberband January 10, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Still covering the boys.........
Carl Virden January 10, 2014 at 05:22 PM
@DP: I'll rest when I'm dead. F-off.
Alexander Cuttleworth January 11, 2014 at 01:52 AM
Whoa, I'm amazed at DP's comment on Mr Ecker. I think DP looks awful in his little Patch photo. But seriously, while all this is somewhat funny and very weird, let's have just a little compassion for the family until the entire story comes out.
rubberband January 17, 2014 at 07:45 PM
desertpatriot's avatar picture is the iconic "Marlboro Marine".....his story is here.......................................................... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blake_Miller
Annie G. January 17, 2014 at 08:36 PM
Washy already pointed that out a while back, when they were getting hot and heavy with the insults. Asked where he served, yada yada, etc, since it wasn't his picture. Didn't see him for a long time after that. Hey desert patriot--did you serve anywhere? Just want to know, never remembered how that scene played out before.
rubberband January 17, 2014 at 09:01 PM
I posted the link as information only, and not to inflame or recreate any prior argument/thread. I have no previous knowledge of any previous mention of the avatar's origin...I just happen to be very familiar with that portrait and recognized it the first time I saw desertpatriot's avatar. Accept my apologies for unintentionally rehashing any drama.
Carl Virden January 17, 2014 at 09:24 PM
I wonder if DP knows his hero avitar, "Marlboro Marine" is a member of the outlaw 1% motorcycle club, the Kentucky Highwaymen.
Annie G. January 17, 2014 at 10:26 PM
Not you Rubberguy starting this. Desert patriot posted a mommy blog thing just recently, and follows guys around. Then goes the opposite talking about hating gender confused peeps. Hang around long enough, see the trends.
rubberband January 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM
Rubberguy....LOL....that sounds slightly...uh, wrong...Funny, but wrong.....And I ain't got no time for drama, Mama. :) Peace out.
RobertaLynn January 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM
^5 RB ...
desertpatriot January 18, 2014 at 02:00 AM
please, i beg all of you to have mercy on my poor wretched soul. for i am a simple man of meager means that is down on thy knees begging for forgiveness. have mercy...have mercy
rubberband January 18, 2014 at 02:50 AM
...he's perfect...perfect, i tell you.............Gets 'em every time. WAY > 9000.
RobertaLynn January 18, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Very amusing on how far "off track" an article can go. We all have our opinions and you know what they say about opinions! Maybe next time it could take a political twist :) ... then we'll really see ugly... lol
rubberband January 18, 2014 at 04:23 PM
RobertaLynn-it's true , that saying about opinions, that just like....(well, you know the rest..)we all have them? Everybody except me...I had mine surgically removed after a bad experience "Running with the bulls" in Spain...I no longer have a....um..........HOWEVER I compensate being BEING one. :)

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