Family still searching for missing teen a month into disappearance

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Updated: 7/14/2012 9:55 pm
Mark Ysasaga was last seen walking to a friend's house at 27th and Flint Avenue the night of June 13th. With days flying by, friends, family and even complete strangers are not giving up hope.

The local non-partisan political group La Fuerza, which supports Hispanic awareness, is now joining the efforts. Member Becky Garcia said their goal is to extend the search behond flyers and Facebook pages.

"We have had different activities, such as today, here at Amigo's, selling t-shirts, trying to get the word out, passing out flyers," Garcia said. "Buffalo Lake is having a bake sale today, just trying to get contact with people.

We are having a rally today in Plainview trying to pass out flyers, letting people know in surrounding communities, 'Hey, this child is missing'."

Mark's mother Anna Cuevas took part in the bake sale, and said the support is overwhelming.

"The majority of the stuff is homemade," Cuevas said, "so that shows me how much people care and everything, and doing things from their heart to help."

Yet, it is still not enough to fill the void she has had for the past month.

"It is a day-by-day thing," Cuevas said. "I have my days. And I have my friends around us and everything to help me through, and my other kids, but is is hard."

Garcia said the Lubbock Police Department should do more.

"Actually, we are very disappointed," Garcia said. "We feel that an Amber Alert should have been placed immediately. We are going on over a month now that he has been missing. People in the community are not even aware that he is gone. We want everyone in surrounding areas, the state of Texas, to know. And they should have already known that this child is possibly in danger."

But Lubbock Police Sergeant Jonathan Stewart said the case simply has not met the criteria for a state mandate Amber Alert.

"The LPD has been working steadily on several leads and possible locations in an attempt to located Mark, but those leads have not developed anything solid and at this point we are asking for the publics help in locating Mark Ysasaga," Stewart said.

Mark's family is now offering a $2,000 reward to bring him home. If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact Crime Line at 741-1000.
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