The family of a 35-year-old man who disappeared more than two months ago has hired a private investigator and is offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to his whereabouts, the investigator said Thursday.
David Anthony Boykin, 35, moved out of the southwest Bakersfield house where he was staying and has not contacted family since a text message exchange Aug. 1. He is considered at risk due to medical needs.
Boykin's adoptive mother, Diane Boykin, 53, said he has a number of medical issues, is learning disabled and has the mental age of an 8-to-10-year-old. She said he had been using drugs, and court records show he failed to appear in court on a drug possession charge.
She said she believes others convinced him to use drugs.
"He wants friends, and they're not his friends," she said.
Diane Boykin said she traveled from her home in Washington state to take David Boykin to a hospital, and she ultimately wanted him placed in a group home. But he was released from the hospital and went back to the house where he had been staying.
The last text she received from him said he didn't like the people at the house and had left, Diane Boykin said. The message didn't seem like something he would ordinarily write, she said.
Since then, David Boykin hasn't contacted any relatives, posted on Facebook or withdrawn money, she said.
Mitch Rowland, the private investigator, said he was hired by the family about a month ago. He said he talked with an uncle of David Boykin's who last saw the missing man in the area of 19th Street and Union Avenue, charging his phone at a gas station.
Rowland said he's placed flyers around town and is pursuing leads.
David Boykin is described as 5 foot 10, 160 pounds, brown hair and hazel eyes. He has the following tattoos: a large cross and "Debbie" on his right arm; wings on his left arm; "253" on his left wrest; and "Kari" on the left side of his neck.
Bakersfield police spokesman Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said they've been investigating Boykin's disappearance since early August. The department sent out a news release with Boykin's photo and description Aug. 10.
Kroeker stressed that any reward being offered is not being handled through the police department; it will be up to the family to decide how to provide any payment.
Anyone with information regarding Boykin's location is asked to call the BPD at 327-7111, or Rowland at 412-8661.