The family of a missing South Los Angeles man is growing desperate for answers after the 21-year-old’s car was found with the engine still running.
Juan Hernandez has actually been missing since Sept. 22 and was last seen at Western Avenue and 81st Street, in front of his job. Cops found his automobile with all his valuables about 10 minutes in South Central near Figueroa Avenue and 64th Street.
His mother, Yajaira Hernandez, started to fret after she didn’t hear from him after work that night.
“He texts me everyday when he gets to work, he texts me when he’s coming home,” she said. “It’s not like him to not come home and sleep, it’s not like him to not reach out.”
He ‘d just began a job at a marijuana dispensary after being laid off from his previous job due to the pandemic.
Juan’s auntie, Stephanie Mendoza, states Juan is a marathon runner who is close to his family and who hasn’t ever had any problems before this.
“This is not in his character, my nephew is very responsible and he’s very humble,” she said.
Since he’s been missing, friends and family have been canvassing the location with flyers, looking for any information about his location. Up until now, they have actually had no luck.
“My biggest fear is that my nephew is dead or lost,” Mendoza said.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division is investigating the case. Anyone with information about Hernandez’s whereabouts should contact the police dept.