ANDERSON TWP, OH (FOX19) - The Anderson Township Marine veteran has been located safe in Chula Vista, California, the San Diego Sheriff announced on Twitter Saturday.
Hamilton County detectives said they received information that he was last seen Monday in the San Diego area.
Anthony 'Tony' Pastura is a U.S. Marine veteran who has served multiple combat tours. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said Pastura, 33, suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and has made suicidal threats in the past.
Detectives said Pastura may have arrived in the San Diego area Wednesday around 5 p.m.
Police said he was stationed in the area previously while serving in the Marines and may have friends in the region.
Earlier this week, a family friend said Pastura's cell phone pinged somewhere along the Arizona-New Mexico border. Pastura's stepfather, Ted Trammel, refuted these claims on the 'Around Anderson Township' Facebook page page writing, "Tony's cell phone has not 'pinged' or used in California, Texas or other states as reported."
He is believed to be driving a dark blur 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Ohio license plate '169 YIE.'
"He's the most energetic guy loving guy. He's a great father, loves his kids," said family friend Annie Ey at a prayer service for Pastura Wednesday.
Ey said she has been friends with Pastura since kindergarten and that everything seemed fine when she last saw him about a week ago.
"Ok, good, he's had his ups and downs but he seemed ok. He seem like he was on the upswing of things," said Ey.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sheriff's Detective Kevin Manos at 513-851-6000 or CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040.