Days after Jose Guerrero was reported missing, crews searched Leesylvania State Park. It’s less than five miles from where his car was found Friday.
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Loved ones of Jose Guerrero, who has been missing since December 21, continued their search on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old left his Lynn Street home exactly one week ago. He told his girlfriend he’d be back in five minutes but then he never returned home. Two days later, the car he was driving was found on Bel Air Road near Jeffries Road.
Wednesday morning his family headed into Leesylvania State Park and spent the day searching the wooded area on foot and with a drone.
“We’re gonna find him, I’m gonna find my son,” said his mother, Andrea Salgado.
Guerrero, known to his friends as Chepe, is the father of a 10-month-old baby girl named Avery. His girlfriend, and the mother of their child, told WUSA9 she can tell their daughter knows something is wrong.
“She needs her Dad. Every day she says Da Da. She goes looking in the room for Da Da and Da Da is not there,” said Sheila Perez.
“I feel sad because she’s looking for Da Da and Da Da’s not here,” she said.
Prince William County Police told WUSA9 it’s an active investigation and that they have been conducting searches. A mobile command unit was set up, Wednesday, down the street from where Guerrero’s car was found.
The family says they feel like the police should have started searching for him sooner.
“Why did you wait so long,” asked Salgado of Prince William County Police. “We told you he was in trouble, we told you from the beginning,” she said through tears.
The family has been searching various parks and trails in the days since his disappearance. In one park they found what they believe was a trail of blood. In another, they found a BB Gun. There’s no indication if any of it is connected to Guerrero.
The family is offering a $5,000 reward for valid information about where he is. If you have information, they’re asking you to call (703) 792-6500.