A 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department is missing after going to check on his condo in Mexico, his family said.
Francisco Aguilar normally checks in with his family but suddenly stopped communicating with them on Friday, KCAL reports.
The firefighter’s brother and cousin described the condo as having been ransacked, with tables overturned and vehicles missing from the property.
Mexican authorities are leading the investigation into his disappearance with help from the FBI.
The man’s family is distraught by his disappearance.
‘We were on FaceTime the other day and he was on the beach and just talking to about how it was so much fun and this was a little taste of what retirement would be like for him,’ his daughter Amaris said.
‘I just pray with every fiber in my being that my father returns to us.’
The family hosted a vigil at their home in Montebello and are seeking support during the trying times.
‘I don’t know if I can take it, he’s my first child,’ said Aguilar’s mother Martha Carmona Aguilar.
On Monday, Aguilar’s daughters asked Governor Gavin Newsom to get involved in the search.
Aguilar is currently assigned to Station 44 in Cypress Park.