Despite setback, family, friends still searching for Seattle man missing for more than a week
SEATTLE — The mystery deepens in the case of a missing Seattle man, Jeremiah Foco. A valuable clue uncovered earlier this week might have pointed detectives and family in the wrong direction.
Foco’s friends have been up every day this week at the crack of dawn, desperately searching for the 34-year-old software engineer.
“A lot of us are working until 9, 10 o’clock at night,” friend Jocelyn Coimbre said.
Foco was last seen the night of Tuesday, July 21.
“Like some kind of bad nightmare,” Foco’s mother, Renay Charchan, said Friday. “It’s like something you see in a bad movie.”
Jeremiah’s parents are in from Michigan. It's the type of visit no parent ever wants to have to make.
“It's like he just disappeared. No sign, no physical evidence whatsoever,” Ed Foco said about his son.
Family and friends were hopeful after they dug up mysterious surveillance showing a man Jeremiah’s build taking his normal commute at the King Street bus station Wednesday morning, July 22.
But the folks at Foco’s job say the man in the video wasn’t carrying the same bag Jeremiah carried to work every day.
“We all wanted to think that and the guy did look a lot like him. But then they start finding little discrepancies. It didn't add up,” Ed Foco said.
If Jeremiah wasn’t in the bus station, it means he was last seen just after midnight entering his apartment in the International District. But no one ever saw him leave.
“Where would he go? What for? He had a good life,” Jeremiah's mother added passionately. “There are no signs. No signs. No signs! Everyone he talked to: his work [and] his friends.”
The Seattle Police Department is investigating and says there are no signs of foul play, but with no new evidence, Jeremiah’s dad thinks he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
“It's not that I don't want to be hopeful, but it just didn't make any sense any other way,” Ed Foco said Friday.
SPD says that without the presence of foul play, there’s not a whole lot they can do on their end.
Jeremiah’s friends say they’ll be at it this weekend again, putting up signs and searching for their friend.