Volunteers search for missing Imperial youth


David lost

IMPERIAL – Over 300 volunteers met Saturday morning at Cheval Farms on Larson Rd. near Imperial  to search on horseback, quad, foot, and car for missing Imperial youth, David Yglesias.

David Yglesias, 14, went missing August 23, 2013, from his home in Imperial and hasn’t been seen since.

The Imperial Police Department, Borstar, U. S. Border Patrol, The Red Cross, and Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, along with volunteers search an area east of the City of Imperial Saturday hoping to find some clue in the disappearance of Yglesias.

Sgt. George Hernandez with the Imperial Police Department Investigations said “This is a volunteer search. The U.S. Border Patrol is leading groups and a law enforcement officer is there in case they come across anything we need to be aware of. The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office and their Explorers crew are looking, over 260 volunteers from the community, and various civil groups. We are looking in a 3 mile radius from Cheval Farms. All we have is that he left his residence under own power. He left on foot eastbound from Imperial. His father is in law enforcement. He made a call and very quickly there were federal agents looking for him. They even did air searches. Today we’re utilizing foot searches, ATV’s, horseback, and other vehicles. We haven’t had any luck.”

Border Patrol Agents Jon Embry and Kenny Caldera used their mountain bikes to cover ground quickly.

“We’ve been out all morning,” said Embry. “We followed the railroad tracks down to Neckel, went over to Dogwood Road, and then worked our way back on the canal banks. We found nothing. We’re heading back out.”

“I know David,” said Esparanza Miranda, volunteer searcher. “He’s my classmate. He’s quiet and really nice. I’m here to help, give the family comfort, and let them know that there are people who care and want to help find him.”

“As long as people are willing to search, we’ll keep going,” said Cheval Farms owner Carly Bogue.

The family brought in a private investigation firm.

“He’s a good boy,” said David Yglesias Jr., the boy’s father. “He had no problems at school or with the police. He’s a good kid, a real homebody. He doesn’t run around. His computer is his thing. He’s well liked and has lots of friends at school.”

“We were at home, “said Yglesias, finding it hard to speak. “It was the night of August 23. We played on the computer after I got home from work. We had dinner together. We went to bed. In the morning when we got up, his bed hadn’t been slept in. He was gone.”

He had left a note on his computer.

“The FBI and the police have spoken to all of his friends,” said Yglesias. “they haven’t come up with anything substantial.”