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Information sought in mysterious disappearance and death of East County man – NBC 7 San Diego

Authorities issued a public appeal Friday for anyone who could help investigators determine what led to the death of a man whose skeletal remains were found in Alpine in 2012, about 15 years after he disappeared.

Christopher Schafer, then 28, was last seen by his family in El Cajon in August 1997, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Two years ago, genetic DNA comparisons allowed investigators to identify human remains found in Sloane Canyon a decade earlier as those of Schafer, sheriff's Detective Jessica Kuehn said.

Authorities have not revealed whether Schafer's cause of death has been determined.

“The sheriff's homicide unit would like to speak with anyone who may have information about Schafer and what may have happened to him,” Kuehn said. “He was known to frequent the Sycuan Casino and the Viejas Casino in East County.”

Anyone who may have helpful information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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