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Search continues for missing UF student

4:16 PM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The search continues for a missing University of Florida student.

Friends and family members are assisting police in searching for Christian Aguilar, 18, according to a release from Gainesville Police Department Public Information Officer Ben R. Tobias.

No searches Tuesday yielded any evidence that would lead to finding Aguilar, Tobias said. Areas searched included the I-75 corridor as far north as Newberry Road and as far south as SW Williston Road.

The following areas were also searched, Tobias said:

-SW 34th St and SW Hull Road area
-SW 62nd Blvd corridor
-Windmeadows trailer park (an abandoned trailer park on Windmeadows Blvd)
-A wooded area around Alley Katz bowling center (SW 34th St)

K-9 teams also assisted with Tuesday's search, including cadaver dogs from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and bloodhounds from the Sweetwater Police Department.

The command post will relocate to the Alachua County Fairgrounds, located at 3220 NE 39th Avenue.

The last actual sighting of Aguilar was 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept 20 at Best Buy at 3790 SW Archer Road in Gainesville, Tobias said.

On Monday, Pedro Bravo, 18, was arrested in Aguilar's disappearance. He was charged with Depriving a Victim of Medical Care, a third degree felony.

GPD previously reported that Bravo said he had an altercation with Aguilar on Thursday evening and left him in a parking lot in the 4900 block of NW 13th Street. Police say Aguilar may be disoriented or seriously injured and may not be able to seek help. Investigators cannot speak with Bravo as he has retained counsel.

Bravo was initially named as a person of interest, but GPD does not see any difference between "person of interest" and "suspect," Tobias said.

Family and friends have started the #HelpFindChris hashtag on Twitter to share information. A Facebook page has also been started.

Anyone with information or tips is urged to contact GPD Criminal Investigations at 352-393-7670.

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