Family seeks answers after missing man’s truck found near Santa Maria

Eric “Sunny” Buttler was last seen on June 24 in Carpinteria.
Eric “Sunny” Buttler was last seen on June 24 in Carpinteria.

A Santa Barbara man known for his work with local charities has been reported missing by his family.

Eric “Sunny” Buttler, 57, was last seen June 24 in Carpinteria where he stopped overnight for unknown reasons on a road trip from Ojai to Lompoc. In a Facebook post, Buttler’s family said he left Ojai about 5 p.m. June 24; later that evening, he spoke to a close friend on the phone, but that was the last contact any family or friends had with him.

Buttler’s phone was found at a Chevron station in Carpinteria a few days later. And on July 4, his truck was found in an unincorporated area of Santa Maria, according to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office.

The family is asking that the Facebook post be shared in California, New York and Las Vegas.

Buttler is about 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has ties to Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office at 805-683-2724.

Noozhawk.com contributed to this report.

Travis Gibson: 805-781-7993, @TravisDgibson