A Temecula real estate agent whose mysterious disappearance had friends and family fearing the worst was found alive, five days after vanishing following a night at a casino, officials said Friday.
Rich Tyrrell, 47, was found after he has “voluntarily left” the county, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.
Few details were provided on his condition, where he was found or why he disappeared.
However, his longtime girlfriend who is also his partner at Rancon Real Estate in Temecula, posted on Facebook that he was found safe. She also thanked the community for its support, and requested people respect their privacy.
Tyrrell disappeared after visiting the Pechanga Casino. Sattelmaier said in a previous report he didn’t answer his cellphone, and his bank accounts had been cleared out.
Sattelmaier said she last saw him Sunday taking a ride-share car to meet up with friends.
She said that he wanted to have some fun and to take his mind off his brother’s failing health.
Sattelmaier said around 2:30 a.m. Monday, she spoke to Tyrrell, and he told her that he had won some money at Pechanga Resort and Casino. He also said he would be coming home soon. But he never did.
Sattelmaier said she talked to a bartender at the casino who claims to have seen the Tyrrell with another unidentified man.
“The guy was kind of fishy and buying him a bunch of drinks and he didn’t know this guy,” she said. “And why was this guy buying him a bunch of drinks?”
Sattelmaier said it’s unclear exactly what happened next, but she says Temecula police detectives told her a ride-share driver dropped him off somewhere in Los Angeles County.
Investigators have not confirmed this information to NBCLA. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Tyrrell was a missing person before he was found Friday afternoon.
NBCLA is awaiting more details from investigators.
Pechanga released the following statement on its Facebook page Wednesday:
“To our community members and guests who have been following this story, we wanted to take a moment to send our well-wishes for a positive outcome in this search. We completely understand the anxiety and concerns while not being able to reach a loved one.
“Please know that the safety of our guests is always the top priority to us. Although we were not contacted by law enforcement about a formal investigation or assistance with this case, we did proactively reach out to local law enforcement yesterday to offer our support and provide information. Initial news reports have indicated that a ride share driver dropped him off somewhere in Los Angeles County. We encourage anyone with questions or additional information to follow up with local law enforcement.”