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Missing UCLA student found dead: Family grateful for search help

September 27, 2012 |  9:09 am

The parents of a missing UCLA honors student found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Pacific Palisades expressed gratitude Thursday for the help they received during their search for him.

Authorities confirmed that remains found by hikers in Pacific Palisades last weekend are those of David John Goeser, 22.

The senior English major was last seen by his roommates the morning of July 22 in the 1000 block of Roebling Avenue in Westwood, authorities said. His family went to his house to check on him after not hearing from him in over week, but found only his identification, cellphone and credit cards, officials said.

His car was found three days later near Los Liones Drive and Sunset Boulevard, not far from the entrance to the Los Liones Canyon Trail, where authorities said the hikers found a skull, torso and bones about 11 a.m. Saturday.

A flier distributed by family members on Facebook said Goeser was under a doctor's care and taking medication at the time of his disappearance. A posting on the "Find David Goeser" Facebook page early Thursday confirmed the news.

"While we grieve this tremendous loss, we are immensely grateful for the love and support of all who helped us in our search," his parents wrote. "We would ask that you continue to respect the family's privacy at this time, and we thank you for your ongoing prayers and support. You have been a true gift."

A memorial service has been scheduled for Oct. 6 at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village. Goeser's family said more information would be available on Facebook later.

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-- Kate Mather and Andrew Blankstein

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