Vincent Babudro, who was visiting from Minnesota, disappeared from his aunt's home in Sun Valley since Oct. 26. Photo from
Vincent Babudro, who was visiting from Minnesota, disappeared in Sun Valley Oct. 26. Photo from

A distraught mother’s worst fears came true Friday as police confirmed that a body in a crashed station wagon on an Angeles National Forest hillside was the woman’s 21-year-old Minnesota son who was missing for a week after visiting his aunt in Sun Valley.

Vincent Tyler Marcelo Babudro’s mother had traveled from Minnesota to be closer to the search effort, and she said late Thursday that authorities told her the son’s body had been located. Police made the official death announcement Friday.

There was no immediate word from the Los Angeles Police Department about what caused Babudro’s vehicle to drive off the road and crash down a rocky cliff.

“He was involved in a solo vehicle accident on Little Tujunga Canyon Road, causing his vehicle to exit the roadway off a steep embankment,” police said.

Babudro had last been seen about 9 p.m. Oct. 26 in the 8900 block of Helen Avenue. He was driving a Champagne-colored 2002 Volvo station wagon with Minnesota license plates.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the victim was inside a crumpled vehicle found about 10:50 a.m. Thursday over the side of Little Tujunga Canyon Road, south of Sand Canyon Road.

His mother, Stacy Waller, told City News Service there hasn’t been any activity on her son’s bank cards since he disappeared.

“He didn’t have enough money to last more than a few days,” Waller said before her worst fears were confirmed.

She said police had checked to see if any new accounts had been opened in his name, but they found nothing. Babudro came to California to visit his aunt.

“He doesn’t know anyone else in the state other than her,” Waller said. “He left all of his clothes, his iPad.”

Waller said her son had recently bought a present for a female co-worker back in Minnesota, and he had contacted the woman via text message before he disappeared.

“People don’t go buy a present and disappear,” she said.


Shortly before she learned that her son’s body was found, Waller had grown increasingly concerned.

“We’re just running out of options, and it’s been seven nights now,” Waller said Thursday.

–City News Service

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