Joshua Thiede
Joshua Thiede. Photo: Twitter/Janet Thiede

Family and friends Sunday are stepping up efforts to find a 29-year-old man who went missing a week ago Sunday while working as a rideshare driver near downtown.

Joshua Thiede was last seen driving a black 2014 Nissan Altima in the 1000 block of Wilshire Boulevard at 11 a.m. last Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The car has a California license plate, 7CSD450, police said.

His friends have told reporters they plan to return to the area at noon Sunday to pass out fliers and look for clues.

Thiede worked as a driver for both Uber and Lyft to earn extra money while planning a line of organic shoes, relatives explained on Facebook. They said his last fare was a 15 minute trip for Lyft on Sunday, Feb. 11.

His mother, Janet Thiede, said her son, or someone using his phone, made a 911 call at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, but hung up without saying anything. The phone was later traced to Venice Boulevard and Burlington Avenue, but is no longer active.

Thiede is white, with brown hair and blue eyes, police said. He stands about 6-feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked to call the LAPD’s Missing Persons unit at (213) 996-1800 or (877) 527-3247 or 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

–City News Service

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