Missing Person KS Man Visiting FL. Missing for 3 Weeks

A family is desperately pleading for help, looking for a loved one who disappeared after stopping in Central Florida while working at a new job.

Ricky Gonzalez, 25, went missing three weeks ago from a Wildwood truck stop.

Now, his family is here from Kansas City, KS searching the streets for any sign of him.

Gonzalez was passing through Sumter County when he disappeared in Wildwood July 7. He left Kansas City on a Saturday night with a friend to do some temporary work unloading trucks. When they got to Wildwood two days later, they stopped to rest at the TA truck stop on State Road 44.  His friend went to take a shower, and when he returned, Ricky was gone without a trace.


When he never called his family, they filed a missing person’s report.  Growing increasingly desperate for answers, Ricky’s mother and sister drove from Kansas here to Florida. They’ve been passing out flyers and canvassing local businesses to pick up his trail.

“We’re not going to leave until we get an answer,” his sister Lupe said.

At first, they found no sign of him. Then, Tuesday morning, they might have gotten a break; Lupe asked a clerk at the CVS on E. Hwy 44 if she’d seen Ricky and the woman said she was sure she had.

“She says about a week ago he was in here with a group of landscaper guys buying Gatorade and chips,” Lupe told Fox 35.

Though they still haven’t heard from him, the possible sighting gives hope to Lupe and her mom that they’ll find Ricky.

“Somebody out there knows where he is.”

Gonzalez is in the National Database for Missing Persons, but so far there have been no hits on his whereabouts. If you’ve seen him, please call the police.


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