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Damond Lazenby Jr., 19, of Pittsburg, Calif. (Courtesy of Zelma Johnson/Facebook)
Damond Lazenby Jr., 19, of Pittsburg, Calif. (Courtesy of Zelma Johnson/Facebook)

California Highway Patrol investigators said they were actively asking for the public’s help in connection with their investigation into the death of a 19-year-old found beside a highway after going missing.

Pittsburg man Damond Lazenby Jr. disappeared Jan. 1 after his green Volkswagen was found abandoned with its engine running near a Highway 4 overpass at Port Chicago Highway in Concord.

After family members reported his absence, they marshalled multiple search parties to canvass roadways around the region up to Jan. 7, when Lazenby’s body was found on an embankment near the shoulder of eastbound Hwy. 4 between Port Chicago Highway and Willow Pass Road.

On Monday, the CHP’s Golden Gate Division posted a statement to social media saying that investigators believe Damond Lazenby Jr. was struck by the right front part of a dark-colored sedan whose driver fled the scene.

Investigators have yet to share additional details about Lazenby’s death, pending results of an autopsy.

Anyone with information may call the CHP’s 24/7 tip line at 707-917-4491.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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