Family Refuses to Give Up Hope on Missing Man

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 4:15pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 7:04pm

Lucy villegas and family members comfort the father of 20 yr old Antonio Villegas. The man missing since sunday morning.
Mission police has led a relentless search for Villegas. going as far as bringing in horses and SWAT team members. Volunteers, friends and family members have also assisted in the search.

Family members have been searching for their loved one since sunday afternoon, even bringing in their own bikes and ATV's. The search has been difficult for authorities and this tight knit family, battling the heat and false leads. They say they feel optimistic about finding villegas alive.....

Antonio Villegas called 911 fifteen times. Police managed to trace the calls to a sugar cane field. Now the problem is, is that each call told a different story. Making it difficult for police to find out what exactly happened to Antonio Villegas.

Authorities found clothing belonging to the missing man earlier today  but still no Antonio.
Mission police along with Border Patrol and SWAT team members have been rotating every two hours.
Their plan is to keep searching where the clothes were found.

Police say its too early to know when its time to call off the search. They say finding the clothing earlier to today gave them some hope that Antonio Villegas is still alive.

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