Since 74-year-old Manuel Aboyte, went missing on March 30, his niece has been looking for answers that may offer relief to his family back home in the small Mexican ranch town of Sinaloa de Leyva.
“It’s chaotic,” Deniff Hollingsworth said. “His family messages me every day and I don’t know what to tell them anymore.”
The day before his disappearance everything seemed normal, his family says.
Aboyte had arrived about a month ago to visit his sick sister in North Long Beach, which he does at least once a year. But suddenly, his sister had to be taken to an emergency room by her daughter, Hollingsworth, leaving Aboyte behind in the North Long Beach home.
The next morning around 6 a.m., Hollingsworth’s father saw Aboyte before heading to work. But the last time Aboyte was seen that day was around noon by a clerk at a Circle K gas station in North Long Beach where he frequently went to buy scratch-off Lottery tickets, Hollingsworth said.
When Aboyte failed to return that day, the family didn’t think much of it; he was independent, strong-willed and would often go back to Mexico without saying goodbye. On top of that, they had their sick mother to worry about, who is currently hospitalized and has not been told about her missing brother, Hollingsworth said.
A couple days passed and it became apparent that Aboyte was no longer staying at the family’s North Long Beach home. But it was when the family found he had left his passport and phone behind that they began to worry.
They knew that if he had left back to Mexico, he would have taken everything, they said. Hollingsworth filed a police report and began posting about her missing uncle on social media.
Since then, she’s spent nearly every day on the phone with detectives and the coroner’s office, fearing the worst.
“It’s been 10 days and nobody can tell me anything about him,” Hollingsworth said. “I don’t know what to think anymore, I’m just trying to keep it together.”
The family says Aboyte was last seen riding a white bicycle near the North Long Beach gas station, his family says. He was wearing Levis-brand jeans, a white t-shirt and a hat. His family describes him as being around 5-foot-7 and weighing 180 pounds.
Aboyte’s family urges anyone with information to contact them at 305-345-9884 or 562-413-4161.
Anyone with information is also asked to call the Missing Persons Detail at 562-570-7246 or police dispatch at 562-435-6711. Anonymous tips can be phoned in at Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
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