Brian Histand


Name: Brian M. Histand
Age: 25 years old
Last seen: May 15, 2013
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona
Status: Found deceased


Physical Description

Brian M. Histand is a caucasian male with long brown hair and blue eyes, he has a mustache and beard. He is 5’8-5’10 tall and weighs 150-160lbs. He has a mole under his left eye.


Background Information

Brian Histand was born on November 5, 1987, to parents Tracey and Michael Histand in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. He was described as an adventurous person who loved baseball and basketball but his passion was BMX biking.


Brian graduated from Neshaminy High School in 2006 and then went to attend Bloomsburg University, graduating with a BA of Science degree in Business in 2010. After graduating from university he moved to Pheonix in 2012, to pursue his career as a BMX biker. While living in Pheonix he spent most of his time at the local skateparks in the Glendale area.

Brian and his girlfriend had broken up prior to his disappearance and those close to him say he was in love and was troubled when they broke up. They did apparently stay in contact however there was no relationship between them.

Brian had returned home for his grandmother’s funeral, who he was very close to and his family has said that it was hard for him. Additionally. while Brian was home for the funeral he had found out his mother was suffering from health issues, which turned out to be lung cancer.

One of Brian’s friends Nate, recalls a phone call he had with Brian soon after his visit home, they spoke about religion, faith, and his family. Nate says everything Brian was saying sounded like he was trying to piece things back together and wanted to become a better contributing citizen to society. Nate also said it seemed more like a lifestyle change where he really wanted to in a way drop what he had and just go out and be a little nomadic.


On the morning of May 15, 2013, Brian was seen in an open field near 10200 South 25th Avenue of South Mountain, Pheonix, sitting naked and praying.

A police officer who arrived at the scene around 5:30 am, said Brian seemed disoriented and was acting strangely. Brian had told the officer he did not need assistance, so he left. They have since made a statement saying “Brian was cogent and able to answer questions and said he didn’t need or want police assistance. Brian provided the officer with a phone number of his out-of-state family and they were notified. Brian has not been seen or heard from since. His vehicle was found nearby, locked, and was towed on 5/17/13.” 

Brian was last seen walking southbound on 35th Avenue toward the desert area. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Brian began writing in a journal 9 days before he went missing, in one passage he wrote: “Take each day not day by day, hour by hour, not even minute by minute but moment by moment. Fill your life with love and watch it manifest. Negativity, judgment, laziness all of these are evil and meant to poison the brain. Love is where the power is, love is the way of life.” 

The Search/Investigation

On May 17th, 2013, Brian’s vehicle was found abandoned near 10200 South 35th Avenue, at the bottom of the mountain, after a farmer had discovered the car keys in an open field. Officers found Brian’s ID, wallet, credit card, and bicycle inside the car.

Brian’s father Michael has said Brian never wore his helmet while riding his BMX bike, and he had suffered several head injuries from falls in the past. Some have theorized Brian’s disorientated behavior could have been caused by a concussion and he went on a walk alone but never made it back.

Searches were conducted in the area Brian has last seen, which included canines, however, no evidence of Brian was found.


A witness came forward to say they may have seen a person fitting Brian’s description sitting in a field with his legs crossed, but nothing came out of this tip and detectives were unable to confirm whether this individual was Brian.


Remains Discovered

In December 2015, skeletal remains were found, in the same area Brian went missing in 2013, near 35th Avenue and Dobbins Road. These remains were positively identified as Brian Histand in January 2016. His remains were found in several locations in the southern portion of the park.


Medical examiners, anthropologists, odontologists, and pathologists were unable to determine Brian Histand’s cause of death. According to investigators, there is no evidence to suggests foul play was involved. It is presumed his death was from natural causes, however, the exact cause of Brian’s death is unknown.

Contact Information

If you have any information on the disappearance of Brian Histand please contact the Pheonix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or contact NameUs at 817-240-4106.

Resources and Further Information

Investigation Discovery – Disappeared Season 7 Episode 5 “Off the Grid”

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