GAINESVILLE, Fla. --The Aguilar family has received some closure in a search that's gone on for over three weeks. On Friday, a body matching the description of missing 18-year-old Christian Aguilar was found on hunting grounds in Levy County, according to The Gainesville Sun. Forensics have not confirmed the identity, but on Saturday the Aguilar's told the media they believe it is their son.
"We, as a family, believe that Christian has been found and our prayers have been heard," said Carlos Aguilar, father of missing Christian Aguilar. "Until the authorities give us the confirmation and at that moment we are going to have, like we say, the honor to take Christian back home."
Christian Aguilar was last seen on September 20th. His best friend, Pedro Bravo has since been charged with first degree murder. Reports say Bravo told Gainesville Police he had an altercation with Aguilar, beat him, and left him somewhere. For weeks hundreds of volunteers across the state traveled to Gainesville to assist in the search.
"The search is over so they wanted to thank all the people that went out there for weeks and walked around the woods and risked their own health to do it and the people that prayed and that did everything," says Patrick Sessios, a volunteer who helped in the search.
Sessios' daughter also went missing in Gainesville over 20 years ago and after what he experienced, he wanted to help the family find Christian.
"I was so hopeful that they would get this closure because I haven't after 23 years and I probably never will," said Sessios.
Students spent the afternoon expressing their condolences on a mural that stretches across part of Southwest 34th Street near the University of Florida Campus. They painted their sorrow and showed just how much the Gainesville community has come together during this tragic time.
Pedro Bravo is being held without bond.
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