La Mesa Man Goes Missing in Mexico, Family Searches for Answers

Investigators found blood on the floor of the apartment that Gene Figueroa III had rented.

A La Mesa family is desperately asking for your help find their son who vanished from his home in Mexico in June.

“What hurts the most is we miss him so much and haven’t been able to get an answer from anyone," said Gene Figueroa Sr.

His son, Gene Figueroa III, 52, disappeared from the home he had been renting in Rosarito, Mexico. The family filed a missing person report with Tijuana Police after Figueroa's landlord notified them that the retiree was uncharacteristically late with his rent.

When Figueroa's family arrived at the home from Riverside County, they say they immediately knew something was wrong.

“The home was ransacked,” said brother-in-law Ernie Martinez.

A private investigator snapped pictures of blood stains on the floor. Figueroa's electronics and a $40,000 watch collection had also been stolen.

The family says they believe the people responsible were looking for something. They've posted hundreds of fliers but have gotten no leads in finding the father of two who lived in La Mesa before he divorced.

“We don’t know whether to cry for him or hope for the best,” his father said. “We’re just stunned completely as to what could have happened.”

The family is extremely concerned about Figueroa because he needs medicine for his fibromyalgia. They have set up GoFundMe page to pay for private investigative services and reward money.

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