Urgent: New Orleans Man Still Missing Two Months After Ingesting…
2C-E psychedelic drug On December 31, 2016, now 22-year-old Mark Bakotic II disappeared after leaving a night club in New Orleans. More than two months later, he is still missing. His parents believe that he is still alive and somewhere in the city.
The night he disappeared, Mark and some friends left the Republic, a night club located in the 800 block of South Peters Street. The group had attended a show held by EDM performer Space Jesus.
Police reported that Bakotic was last seen by friends around 11 p.m. on December 30. However, his father, Mark Bakotic Sr. states that he was actually last seen at about 3:30 a.m. on December 31. He took off running out of his friends’ sight, hopped into a cab, got out a few blocks away, and simply vanished.
According to reports, Bakotic’s friends say he had taken a drug called 2-CE, a psychedelic narcotic that produces effects similar to LSD. His friends say that he seemed confused, and unaware of who or where he was.
Bakotic Sr. has been combing the city and says there have been several sightings of his son, many of which seem credible. For example, some members of the local EDM community told the father that they had spotted him in Jackson Square around January 3.
A woman in the Marigny area, near the intersection of Esplanade and Frenchmen, told Makotic Sr. that on January 9 a man resembling his son had asked to sit on her porch and that they had a conversation. She also said the man “didn’t appear to be cognizant of who he was.”
According to this father, Mark Bakotic II had been living in New Orleans for about three months at the time of his disappearance. He had moved there to pursue a career as an EDM DJ. To supplement his income, he had started selling home products door-to-door.
Bakotic’s father describes his son as being very social and that he is comfortable around people.
Bakotic is 6’4” tall, and at the time of his disappearance weighed about 185 pounds. His father believes, however, that he may not be eating in his current state. If this is true, it is quite possible he has lost weight.
When last seen Dec. 31, he had short brown hair and was wearing a blue long-sleeve button-down shirt and blue jeans. His father says that he may now be unshaven with his thick curly hair grown out somewhat.
CrimeStoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest of a perpetrator if a crime was committed against Mark Bakotic.
Mark Bakotic Sr. and family are also offering a $7,500 reward to anyone who finds Mark Bakotic II.
If you have any information, please call 228-627-3706.
What is 2C-E?
2C-E is a psychedelic that commonly produces vivid visuals similar to effects of LSD, and reports indicate that the effects may be overly intense for those not experienced with the use of psychedelics.
The duration of 2C-E’s effects ranges from 6-10 hours for an average dose, with a plateau around 3-6 hours. However, perception may be altered up to a day after ingestion. At least one death has been attributed to a 2C-E overdose.
As of July 9, 2012, in the U.S. 2C-E is a Schedule I substance under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012. Possession, distribution, and manufacture are illegal.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology