SCOTTS VALLEY -- Authorities have suspended a Santa Cruz County search for missing Scotts Valley resident Matthew Abraham after a bus driver said she saw him get off her bus in Sparks, Nev., on Thursday.
The bus left San Francisco about 8:15 a.m. Thursday and arrived in Sparks about 1 p.m., said Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Carney. The driver saw Abraham's photo in a news report that night and contacted authorities about 7 a.m. Friday morning.
She said she saw him with a large black backpack and a rainbow colored teddy bear.
Abraham's family said a similar teddy bear was missing from their home, but authorities and the family have not confirmed that Abraham was on the bus, Carney said.
The bus let passengers off near a gas station in Sparks that had video surveillance cameras, and authorities are trying to get the images to show Abraham's family and identify him.
The video is expected to arrive Friday afternoon, Carney said.
More than 25 volunteers from the Santa Cruz County Search and Rescue Team looked for Abraham from Thursday morning to 1:30 a.m. Friday. They continued a search about 8 a.m. Friday but suspended it a few hours later after the Nevada tip.
As of 12:30 p.m. Friday, Carney said searchers are in a "holding pattern" in part so they would not tire search K-9s and search volunteers.
"We're resting our search teams for now," Carney said.
Abraham, Advertisement 20, was last seen at his home on Dobie Lane Wednesday night, deputies said.
His family said he had been fixated on a black backpack he recently bought and a desire to hike and camp.
Abraham suffered a head injury in a bicycle crash on March 8 and has been disoriented, his family said. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall and about 150 pounds.
He has light brown or blond hair, hazel eyes and might be wearing rainbow colored running shoes and carrying a large black backpack.
"We suspect that he's in need of medical care, as would anyone with a head injury," Carney said Friday morning.
Since Abraham's bike crash -- where he fell from a trestle in Henry Cowell State Park about 50 feet on to sand and injured his head -- he also has mentioned the park and the trestle.
Searchers have covered the park as well as UC Santa Cruz and areas in Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley.
Deputies said they do not need volunteers to help with the search on Friday, but they asked people to be vigilant, spread Abraham's picture and call authorities if he is spotted.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information to call dispatch at 831-471-1121, the investigations division at 831-454-2311 or the anonymous tipline at 831-454-5995.