Portola Valley resident Marc Bajet, who was the subject of a search by the community and the Sheriff's Office last week when he was reported missing, has contacted his attorney and is "hiding out," his wife told The Almanac on Friday (Nov. 9).
Bajet, 55, is still considered a missing person and his case is not closed, his wife, Lael Bajet, said in a brief interview, adding that she has "no idea" where her husband is.
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has not yet responded to a request for an update on the case.
Marc Bajet left behind his personal belongings, including his car and cellphones, and was last seen near Corte Madera School on Alpine Road in Portola Valley around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 31, according to his wife.
"He left everything here: wallet, cellphones, computers, all his belongings," she said, adding that her husband didn't tell anyone where he was going when he left.
Lael Bajet told The Almanac that several people had reported seeing a man matching her husband's description walking down Alpine Road toward Interstate 280 the morning after he went missing. The man was reportedly carrying a large backpack and a bedroll.
She said that her husband had recently quit his jobs and made a trip to Goodwill to donate some belongings before he went missing. "He has two kids and loves them tremendously," she said. "It's highly unusual for him to leave like that."
The Sheriff's Office last week searched a wide area around the family home using officers on foot, on horseback and with dogs, Detective Rosemerry Blankswade said Monday. The searches turned up nothing useful, she said. At the time, the Sheriff's Office considered Marc Bajet to be a "voluntarily missing person," Blankswade said.
Volunteers also organized a search party on Sunday, Nov. 4, in Portola Valley. The search covered the areas on the south and north sides of Alpine Road near Interstate 280, including Webb Ranch, the tree farm south of Webb Ranch and the freeway underpass. Volunteers looked for signs of camping and pieces of clothing, but found nothing, Lael Bajet said.
Lael Bajet said she believes her husband could have been headed for Yosemite or Sequoia National Park. He has survival skills, she said, adding that he was an Eagle Scout as a youth in France.