Eric Kohler is missing, and now his family is the victim of systemic inhumanity at the hands of the LAPD, Range Rover and LoJack.

Eric Kohler’s family isn’t asking for much, considering the circumstances.

They just want to know where their son is. They want to know he’s OK (or if not, they painfully need to know that, as well…nothing tears the soul apart more than the not-knowing).

Kohler, 27, is a visual effects producer here in Los Angeles and he has worked on several big movies. Sounds like he has quite a future in store for him.

And then he went missing just before Thanksgiving, on November 24.

According to the Huff Post, the data, the information is there; but due to the layers of privacy-protection and bureaucratic unyielding formalities, no one, not the police, Range Rover (his car make, which is missing as well) or LoJack will make the decision to simply help triangulate the whereabouts of the vehicle which would most likely help in the search for Eric as well.

“We really tried pushing with the Los Angeles Police Department to get somebody on this, but they didn’t even assign a detective until yesterday afternoon,” [sister, Kristina] Loren said. “It’s really frustrating. They act like it’s not a big deal, like he’s some young Hollywood guy who took off and will just show up. And we’re like, ‘No, this is not who he is. He’s dedicated to his work and didn’t just choose to leave on his own.'”

Kohler’s sister said her brother’s Range Rover is equipped with a LoJack device, but police have yet to request the GPS data from the company and Land Rover refuses to share it with the family without a court order.

“My mom’s been on the phone bawling to the corporate guy at Land Rover and all he’s say is, ‘Sorry ma’am, there’s nothing I can do for you,'” Loren said. “It’s insane. I understand there are privacy laws, but there should be exceptions in cases such as this where someone’s life is on the line. How can they not understand that?”

Kohler’s family said they plan to hire an attorney if authorities do not move forward in requesting the information. The LAPD hasn’t responded to requests for comment from HuffPost. But a spokesperson from Land Rover said LoJack is a separate company and that they are looking into the issue.


I certainly understand the importance of protecting privacy, and making exceptions is a grave, slippery slope. But this predicament that the Kohler family find themselves mired in: stuck between the ability to know where their son’s car is and the walls of systemic refusal hiding behind the law and corporate barriers, is unfathomable.

I had an idea yesterday when reading this.

Why not allow people, when purchasing LoJack or vehicles equipped with it, to sign a waiver which allows LoJack to track their position if they have not turned up, let’s say 24 hours, after reported missing with the police? This way, everyone’s ass is covered; if you sign a waiver, it’s on you. I would certainly sign such a document. For my sake and my loved ones.