Police ask for public's help in search for missing student


Shown is Pedro Bravo's dark blue 2004 Chevrolet Blazer. The SUV has a right wheel and tire that are different from the others because he had to replace that rim, according to the Gainesville Police Department. (Courtesy of Gainesville Police Department)

Published: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.

The Gainesville Police Department asked Friday morning for help from the public and businesses to fill in gaps on the whereabouts of the man arrested in connection with the disappearance of missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar.

A window of time for Pedro Bravo, 18, remains unaccounted for, police spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said in a news release. Bravo has told police he beat Aguilar on Sept. 20 and left him along Northwest 13th Street.

“Today's message from GPD is a plea to the public for help,” Tobias said. “We have a window of time where we cannot account for Pedro's whereabouts. We know that he was at Best Buy at 3 p.m. on (Sept. 20) and we know his location in Gainesville at 8 a.m. on (Sept. 21). We cannot account for the time in between.”

Tobias also asked all business owners to check their outdoor surveillance video to see if they recorded Bravo's dark blue 2004 Chevrolet Blazer.

The SUV has a right wheel and tire that are different from the others because he had to replace that rim, Tobias said.

GPD has reviewed a lot of surveillance video from Gainesville but now is seeking video from areas outside of Gainesville because of the lengthy window of unaccounted time for Bravo.

Anyone with information may call police at 393-7670.

Bravo bought a shovel and duct tape several days before the altercation with Aguilar, police have reported. Law enforcement, friends and family of Aguilar have searched wide areas in Gainesville that were identified through cellphone pings, but no trace of Aguilar has been found.

Bravo remains in the Alachua County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

Volunteers and authorities are continuing to search today.

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