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Mother Says Lyft Driver Placed Call To 911 Before Vanishing

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A local Lyft and Uber driver from the Westlake District appears to have vanished without a trace.

Friends and family have not heard or seen Joshua Thiede for nearly a week.

The 29 –year-old was last seen on Wilshire Boulevard just north of the 110 Freeway in the area where he resides last Monday.

Originally from Ohio, Thiede moved to Los Angeles to start a business and had been driving for Uber and Lyft to help make ends meet.

Thiede's mother says his last phone call was to 911 last Monday around 11 a.m., but the call disconnected before a dispatcher picked up.

No one has heard from Thiede since and all of his social media accounts have been deleted.

CBS2's Greg Mills spoke to Thiede;s friends and family and they said they are hoping that someone has seen him.

"We're really getting concerned now," said Kevin Young, a friend. "Right now a week has gone by."

Today, friends like Yokeena Jamar, handed out flyers at Burlington and Venice to help raise awareness.

"We're all extremely concerned," she said.

A homeowner told Mills he believe he saw Thiede's car parked in front of his home.

"I drive out," says Danny Perez, "I notice the car. I notice it but didn't pay attention to what it was." He says it was parked there for "a couple of days."

Authorities said Thiede's 2014 black Nissan Altima is also missing. The vehicle has the California license plate of 7CSD450.

Anyone with information is urged to call the LAPD's missing persons division.

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