150 join search party for missing Plainview man

Reported by: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 5/03/2014 10:42 pm
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"Andrew is a very good person. He's always smiling, he's always happy, laughing. A loving, caring person."

150 friends, family and strangers gathered to look for 26-year-old Andrew Pena. He has been missing for more than a month.

"Some of these people we actually don't know," Andrew's cousin Amanda Pena said. "The way we reached out was obviously through the news station, social media, Twitter and Facebook."

"I'm just overwhelmed with the amount of people here in support from the community. I'm just touched," Andrew's mother Yvonne Pena said.

The group scoured fields, ditches and abandoned homes in Plainview hoping for answers.

"We haven't searched North 400 yet, so we really got more people out on the north side," Amanda said. "The tips that we've gotten all lead to 400."

"It's been tough on us, it really has. It's taken its toll on us," Andrew's father Angel Pena said. "But as parents, we're not going to stop. We're going to continue to search for him and look for him until we find answers."

The search began Saturday morning at Broadway Park. And for some, it is still not over.

"We are still hopeful, and I pray to God that my son would just give me a phone call and say, 'Dad, what are you guys doing?' I'm hoping for that," Angel said.

Police report Andrew was scheduled to take a bus from Plainview to Amarillo on March 30th, but never boarded.

"We actually don't know anything," Amanda said. "There's been so many stories, we don't know what to believe anymore. But like my uncle said, any lead we get we are following on."

A $1,400 reward is being offered for information on his whereabouts. A "Help Find Andrew" fund has been established at Prosperity Bank.

"We're hoping to find my cousin today," Amanda said. "We have faith. We're a strong family of faith. We believe he's holding on for his life out there, if he is out there."

But as for Andrew's mom and dad, they say they just want some closure.

"I know that we're going to find our son. We're going to find him," Angel said. "I hope that we find him alive. If not, I know that Jesus has already lifted him up. And he's home."

If you have information about this case, contact the Plainview Police Department, 806-296-1187.
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