By: Erika Fernandez
January 5, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It’s been nearly three years since the family of Ivan Aguilar last saw him. On his 18th birthday, the family says they are remembering Ivan and hoping for his return.
"There is no happiness. It's incomparable. Every day is really difficult but his birthdays are more difficult than other days," says Ivan’s mother, Emma Gutierrez.
Ivan was last seen on May 8, 2014 when his family says he left their home with nothing but his bike. Friends say Ivan’s girlfriend’s mother found pictures the two had been exchanging via text. Worried he would get in trouble, Ivan ran away from home.
Investigators say this case is an unusual one. They don’t have any leads or updates, but the family says they hope Ivan turns up soon.
"It’s like something she wishes nobody would go through. It’s the most difficult thing. It’s like not having life," Gutierrez says.
This is still an open case. Crime Stoppers has a $1,000 reward out for any information on Ivan’s whereabouts.
By: Julie Montanaro
January 5, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Leon County teenager is featured in a new video by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
In the video, Ivan Aguilar's family makes a tearful plea for his return.
Aguilar was 15 years old when he ran away in May 2014 and today marks his 17th birthday.
"We're always going to be looking for you. Please come back," his mother said in Spanish. "We don't see happiness here," his father said. "Everyone needs you. Everyone loves you. We're never going to forget you. We're going to do whatever it takes to find you."
Leon County Sheriff's Detectives say Aguilar disappeared with only his bike and the clothes on his back and intentionally left his cell phone behind.
"He hasn't contacted mom or dad or any other family," LCSO Detective Teresa Howard said, "and when he ran away he knew to leave his cell phone and completely clean it out to where it was back to factory settings so he knew that we could track him with his cell phone and he left it at home."
Detectives say Aguilar ran away because he feared getting in trouble for sexting his girlfriend.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Leon County Sheriff's Office at 860-606-5800.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 5, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office says it is still searching for a runaway teen over a year and a half after his disappearance.
LCSO says that Ivan Aguilar went missing on May 8, 2014 and was last seen in the 300 block of Mastic Lane in Leon County.
Aguilar ran away from home. according to deputies, and had even messaged friends on the KIK messaging application. No one has heard from him since that day.
Aguilar is from El Salvador and has been living in the United States since he was 7 years old. Family members say he has no identification with him and may be using a black and orange bicycle for transportation.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released a new video Tuesday in an attempt to help locate Aguilar.
In the video his family expresses their love for Aguilar and pleads for him to come back home.
Today is his 17th birthday.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ivan Aguilar is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 606-5800.
Updated by: Chris Gros
May 7, 2015
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The search for a runaway teen in Leon County continues. This Saturday marks one year since the disappearance of Ivan Aguilar.
He was last seen on May 8th on the 300 block of Majestic Lane in western Leon County.
Investigators say they believe Aguilar ran away from home.
He may be riding a black and orange bike and wearing black and red shoes.
Investigators have monitored and searched his Facebook and other social media accounts but there's been no activity in almost a year.
If you have any information about Aguilar's whereabouts, contact the Leon County Sheriff's Office at 850-606-5800.
Update: Leon County Sheriff's Office
June 25, 2014
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in locating 15 year old Ivan Aguilar. Aguilar was last seen on May 8, 2014 in the 300 block Mastic lane in western Leon County. It is unknown what he was wearing but his black and red tennis shoes are missing from his bedroom. the night Aguilar ran away he was messaging with friends through the KIK message application and made comments about running away. Since May 8, 2014 he has not made contact with any of his family or friends.
Aguilar is originally from El Salvador and has been living in the U.S. since he was 7-years-old. According to family members, he does not have any identification with him and has no known means of communication. He may be using a black and orange bicycle for transportation and may be in the Fort Braden or Whispering Pines areas.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ivan Aguilar is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 606-3300 or the Consolidated Dispatch Agency at (850) 606-5800.
Aguilar is 5 feet 10 inches tall, 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.