Ysasaga mom promises to never stop searching for Mark

Anna Maria Ysasaga-Cuevas
Anna Maria Ysasaga-Cuevas
Mark Ysasaga has been missing for 2 years
Mark Ysasaga has been missing for 2 years

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Anna Maria Ysasaga-Cuevas released balloons Saturday evening at a candlelight vigil in honor of her missing son, Mark Ysasaga, who disappeared on June 14, 2012.

Two years later, she is still determined to be reunited with him again one day, and says she never will never stop searching for answers.

"This is my baby," she said. "Nobody is going to hurt my kids, and I'm going to find him no matter what. My kids are my life. Without my kids, I don't know what I would do without them."

Anna says she'll never forget waking up on that tragic morning, intuitively sensing that something was wrong with Mark, who was 15-years-old then.

Unfortunately, she was right.

She tried calling him, but he did not answer. She waited for him at their family meeting, but he never showed.

He had stayed the night at a friend's house and was last seen that morning on surveillance images at the Walmart on Ave. Q.

That's where the trail ends, without a trace of Mark since.

"The hardest things that I've had to go through is Christmas," she said, "Thanksgiving, his birthday…"

In March, Mark's family celebrated his 17th birthday without their beloved son, brother and uncle.

There's a Facebook page, bracelets, shirts, cars, buttons and fliers all dedicated to finding Mark, but to this day...those haven't been enough.

But nothing can destroy this mother's hope.

She says she will tell her son one day, with an embrace, that she never gave up.

"I don't care if I'm 50 and I'm still looking for him," she said. "I will keep that hope up that he will show up, that we'll get answers soon."

The reward for information leading to Mark's recovery has been raised to $4,500.

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