SUNOL: Police, friends are baffled by his disappearance from night job in Hayward

By Eric Kurhi, staff writer, Contra Costa Times
Article Launched: 12/06/2007 03:01:34 AM PST

A Sunol man has been missing since early Friday, and his friends are concerned his disappearance may involve foul play.

Stephan Doyle, 41, was last seen working about midnight at a electronics assembly company near Arf Avenue and Industrial Boulevard in Hayward. The area, near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and Highway 92, was described by a co-worker as "seedy."

At 2 a.m., another employee went to talk to Doyle and found he was gone, although his car was still there.

Doyle has blond hair and blue eyes, is 5 feet 11 inches and weighs about 165 pounds. He sometimes wears prescription eyeglasses. He is believed to have been wearing blue jeans and a white shirt when last seen.

Before he disappeared, he was getting decorations ready for a company Christmas party and may have gone outside to collect branches or other decorations, said Neil Davies, Doyle's domestic partner and co-worker for 20 years.

"He left his dogs behind, at work," Davies said. "We hitched his dogs to leashes and went all around the area looking for him, in case he fell into a drainage ditch or fell from a tree."

Davies said he has contacted nearly all of Doyle's friends, and no one knows where he could be.

Davies has filed a report with the Hayward Police Department, but he said that without any evidence of a crime, there's little for police to go on.

Friends describe Doyle as very responsible. He is president of Sunol's Kilkare Woods Homeowners Association, co-director of the Sunol Repertory Theater and a Sunday school teacher at the Little Brown Church. "He has no enemies," said Davies. "He's very well integrated, with no suicidal tendencies ... no reason to skedaddle."

Davies did say that Doyle enjoys gambling.

"It's a long shot, but maybe he flew the coop and went gambling," Davies said. "But with all these responsibilities, it's not very likely."

Hayward police ask anyone with information about Doyle's whereabouts to call 510-293-7000.

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