Nearly 15 months after Mark Ysasaga's disappearance, the search to find him pushes forward.
"It's been a roller coaster. It has gone from where I have to constantly be out walking the streets passing out flyers day in and day out to a deep depression that I don't want to get out of bed," Anna Ysasage-Cuevas said. "It's been over a year. Family and friends have come over telling me you've got to get out of it, you've got to do it. Get his face back out there."
She says some days there's a lot of people interested in Mark. Other days, it seems like no one calls and she feels as if people have given up.
"It's hard, but I just take it in and just tell myself he's out there. He's out there somewhere. We just have to find exactly where he is and bring him home," she said. "The Lubbock Police Department is saying that they have received tips, but nothing has panned out at all - nothing that it is Mark. It's all, I heard it from this person, this person said this, so really not good tips to go on."
On Sunday afternoon, Anna sat inside D'Vine Wine in the Kingsgate Shopping Center trying to raise money to fund her continued search efforts. A local musician volunteered his time to play, and Anna's friends were on hand to provide some support.
"My son's friends, three of them, very close, came over and stayed the night with me one night. Just seeing them, it helps," Anna said. "It reminds me of times that he would have me come over and stay. Just hearing the laughter, it makes me feel better."
Recently, Ysasaga-Cuevas has helped other families of disappeared children - offering them advice and a step by step guide on how to handle the situation - telling them never to lose hope.
"Know who your child is with, know everything about that family. I thought I knew everything and apparently I didn't. I post on his page or his friends' or I post something hoping that he'll see it. If he did run away, he'll think okay, it's time to call mom and let her know I'm okay. It's time to put an end to it."
If you have any information on Mark's disappearance you are asked to contact the Lubbock Police Department Crime Line at (806) 741-1000 or call (806) 775-2865 and ask to speak with Assistant Chief Bullock.
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