The family of a Los Angeles firefighter who vanished while visiting his condo in Mexico last week was shaken up even more after discovering his California home had apparently been burglarized.
Francisco Aguilar, 48 who disappeared on Thursday, routinely visits his property south of the border in Rosarito, his family said. He regularly stays in contact on those trips, they said, but hasn’t been heard from since then.
Aguilar’s family, however, is fearing the worst after visiting his home, which had been turned upside down.
“The condo was ransacked, tables were overturned,” Bella Aguilar, the missing firefighter’s daughter, told ABC affiliate KABC-TV. “It was a crazy, crazy episode. Vehicles were missing, items were missing. It was devastating to hear… It was so heartbreaking to hear.”
Their father’s dirt bike and Jeep are also missing, the family said, according to the outlet. His phone has reportedly been turned off for days.
“It’s a nightmare, for sure,” Aguilar’s other daughter, Amaris, added.
His family has since filed a missing persons report in Mexico, where the authorities have taken control of the investigation. The FBI is also reportedly offering assistance in the search for the California firefighter and father.
“That’s their jurisdiction,” an FBI spokesperson said to PEOPLE.com. “We have to defer to Mexican authorities.”
“We were on FaceTime the other day, and he was on the beach and just talking… about how it was so much fun and this was a little taste of what retirement would be like for him,” Amaris told Los Angeles television station KCAL-TV. “I just pray with every fiber in my being that my father returns to us.”
The 48-year-old served as a firefighter for the Los Angeles Fire Department for 20 years, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“We just want our dad back,” Bella told KABC-TV. “We don’t have a lot of power, and it’s very heartbreaking. Every day it is getting harder.”
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