After searching for more than 12 hours today, police and sheriff's deputies have suspended their search for 35-year-old Manuel Mariaca.
Investigators say he was last seen by a neighbor Sunday afternoon in the area of Anderson and Southwest Parkway in South College Station.
The Brazos County Sheriff's Department dragged a pond looking for Mariaca. The pond is at Andy Anderson Arboretum near Bee Creek Park in South College Station. Investigators, along with search dogs, scoured through the wooded area in Bee Creek Park as well.
Police say the search has been concentrated around the park because they found Mariaca's personal belongings there. No further details were given on what was found.
Investigators say Mariaca's family reported him missing Monday evening.
"They had not had contact with him in more than 24 hours. Very unusual for him. He has a very close circle of friends and family. He doesn't know a lot of people here in town, and so they were very concerned for his safety,” said Officer Rhonda Seaton with the College Station Police Department.
Some residents who live near Mariaca's residence on Anderson Street got an unexpected knock on their door from investigators who were searching for answers.
“It is very shocking knowing that someone that lives right across the street went missing like that and not knowing how they went missing. I have kids so I'm shocked,” said Michelda Rodgers who lives near Mariaca’s residence.
The Criminal Investigation Division will continue looking into the case, but police have suspended their search.
Investigators say Mariaca was last seen Sunday afternoon wearing a white shirt. He is Hispanic, 5 feet 3 inches tall and about 120 pounds.
If you have any information, please call College Station Police at 764-3600.
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