The family of a missing Lubbock teen continues to hold on to hope as police release new information that he could still be in Texas. Mark Ysasaga, 15, has been missing for three months when he disappeared on his way to a friend's home on June 14th.
On Thursday Lubbock Police released a statement saying Crimeline tips led them to believe Mark was in Abilene, TX. After working with the Abilene Police Department, LPD found several other credible tips that placed Mark in Abilene from July to August.
LPD now believes Mark has left the Abilene area and is possibly in the San Angelo area. As of now, Mark has not been located by law enforcement and is still listed as a missing person.
Although police have not found the missing teen, his family is hopeful these tips are the real thing.
"People in Abilene didn't really know he was missing, so that tells us something. Maybe it is true he is there," Anna Cuevas, Mark's mother said.
Anna says she has no ties to Abilene or San Angelo so she isn't sure why Mark might be in those areas, but she says her searches will now go in those directions. "When the detectives did go to Abilene they did speak to a lot of people. A lot of people are confirming it is him, but there's also a lot saying it's not," she said. "We're just hoping if he is in San Angelo, that's one area we haven't hit yet so we're planning on doing that pretty soon."
Anna says they will continue to search for Mark until he is home safe. This Saturday she is organizing volunteers to walk in a parade wearing neon shirts with Mark's picture on them. She says anyone is welcome to walk with them. They will be meeting at Broadway Avenue and Avenue V between 8:30a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Shirts will be available to purchase.
Anna also says there will be a vigil on Sunday at the Coronado football field where Mark would be playing football this year. Balloons carrying fliers will be released.
If you have any information on Mark's whereabouts you are asked to call Crimeline at 741-1000.
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