Vehicle Belonging to Missing L.A. County Fire Captain Found in Santa Barbara County

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The black SUV that belongs to a Los Angeles County Fire Department captain who went missing earlier this week was discovered in Santa Barbara County on Friday, officials said.

The Chrysler Aspen was found by a passerby in a rural area of Montecito around 2 p.m., the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

But there was no sign of 43-year-old Capt. Wayne Stuart Habell, who was last seen leaving his house in Newhall at 7:30 a.m. Monday, authorities said.

It was believed the father of three was heading to the L.A. Fitness in Stevenson Ranch when he last left home.

"We are all devastated, not just his immediate family, but his brothers and sisters here in Los Angeles County Fire Department,” Inspector Gustavo Medina previously told KTLA. “All we want is for him to get home safe.”

Wayne Stuart Habell and his SUV are shown in photos released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Aug. 16, 2018.
Wayne Stuart Habell and his SUV are shown in photos released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Aug. 16, 2018.

The captain, who works at fire station 73 in Newhall, has been with the department for 13 years.

Officials had previously said they were searching the Santa Clarita Valley area.

Habell is described as being 6 feet tall and weighing 225 pounds with short brown-blond hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt with plaid shorts.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's missing persons unit at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips may be submitted via 800-222-8477.

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