The parents of a missing Hartford man have not given up their search for their son and in spirit of the holidays, one local business is helping to spread the message of his disappearance.
Angel Garcia, 19, disappeared while riding a red dirt bike in Colt Park on Oct. 21. And now, his parents are trying to keep his case from going cold.
"I've never been away from my son for a year and neither has his mom," said father Ralph Garcia. "It is rough for us all, his sister and his cousins."
Police are still investigating Angel Garcia's disappearance as a missing person and on Monday, his family remained hopeful.
An electronic billboard was setup overlooking Interstate 91, which his family is hoping will help crack the case.
"To let anyone know, we're still looking for him and hoping someone sees it and they know something," said Ralph Garcia. "And may want to come forward and give us some kind of information."
Air, land and water searches have been conducted in the area. Angel Garcia's bank accounts have not been touched and his cell phone and dirt bike, which are believed to have been stolen, have never turned up.
However, Ralph Garcia said he is "keeping the faith" that his son will be found.
"Eventually someone will come forward or stumble upon his whereabouts and come forward," he said. "We're not giving up."
The national nonprofit organization LostNMissing has been assisting the police and the Garcia family with the investigation.
A local advertiser CBS Outdoor is also helping and created this digital sign, free of charge, and will keep it on display through Dec. 3.
Police are still trying to figure out if Angel Garcia's case involves foul play though there aren't definitive answers, yet.
Crime stats for 2012 indicate Hartford's on pace to have one of the lowest numbers of murders in recent years. As of November, there have been 20 murders, which is the lowest since 2004, which had 17 homicides that year.
Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra credits the shooting task force, along with strategic and well designed policies for the decline.
"I am pleased ... numbers have been going down," he said. However, he added, "One homicide and shooting is one too many and we have to address that."
Hartford police said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information about previous incidents in the city is asked to call 860-757-4089 or the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All tips will be kept confidential.
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