Teen still missing, other law enforcement agencies step in

Imperial Valley

Teen still missing, other law enforcement agencies step in

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IMPERIAL, CA (13 On Your Side) - The FBI has now stepped in to help find a 14-year-old whose family reported missing on Saturday. The family is concerned the teen is suicidal.

So far, police have received tips but they haven't been able to confirm any of them.

14-year-old David Yglesias, of Imperial, has been missing for five days now.

Flyers have been placed all over the Valley with his face on them.

They've also been plastered throughout his neighborhood in Imperial. So far, police say he is still missing and need the community to help find him.

According to initial reports, the family feared for the boy's safety because they reported he was suicidal and was last seen carrying a rifle.  

Now, five days after Yglesias went missing, police say there's still no trace of him.

"Right now he's classified as a missing person."

Sgt. Leonard Barra, with the Imperial police, says the search for Yglesias now includes the FBI, California Highway Patrol and the Border Patrol's BORSTAR team.

But  so far, the search and rescue team's K-9s have not been able to track the teen's whereabouts.

We asked police if they believe the teen is still alive.

"As far as we know, we're keeping him as he's still alive until we find evidence to prove otherwise," says Barra.

Police say they've been getting tips from residents in the community, but have not been able to confirm any of the information.  

"At this time no, we have no indicators that say he had a cell phone or credit cards or any kind of leads like that."

For now, police urge anyone with information to come forward. 

"If they know the subject and they want to share something we ask them to please contact the Imperial police department."

We tried speaking to the family but they weren't ready to talk to us today.