Person of interest named in missing student case

Published: Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 9:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 9:04 p.m.

Gainesville police have identified a person of interest in the case of a University of Florida student who has been missing since Thursday evening and who police believe may be the victim of foul play.


Christian Aguilar

Pedro A. Bravo, 18, told investigators that he was involved in an altercation with Christian Aguilar, 18, and that he left Aguilar in a parking lot in the 4900 block of Northwest 13th Street around 6 p.m., according to a report released Sunday night.

GPD believes Aguilar may be disoriented and/or seriously injured and unable to seek medical help, the report states.

Bravo has not been charged with a crime, but has been held for mental examination since Friday under Florida's Baker Act after making comments to investigators that he wanted to harm himself.

Authorities from various agencies as well as the missing man's family and friends have been searching since Friday for Aguilar, who is of medium build and who was last seen wearing a blue-gray hoodie and light-colored jeans.

GPD is asking the public to report anything suspicious they may have seen or found in the area.

Aguilar is from Miami and lives in the Springs Complex, a UF dorm. Carlos Aguilar told The Sun on Saturday that his son is majoring biomedical engineering and is dating a girl whom the suspect dated previously in Miami.

Gainesville Police Department detectives are assisting the University of Florida Police Department with the missing person's case.

Anyone with information on Aguilar's whereabouts can call the GPD Criminal Investigations Division at 393-7604.

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