A cloud of mystery continues to surround the bizarre disappearance of Antonio Saldivar — the high school junior who vanished this weekend while delivering a Valentine's Day gift.
The 17-year-old, a student at Houston Can Academy, borrowed his mother's Hyundai sedan on Friday to bring his girlfriend a teddy bear and a watch. Early the following morning, the car was found smashed into a concrete pillar at the intersection of Navigation and Harrisburg, just west of the Houston Ship Channel.
According to family members, a wrecker driver at the crash site believes the accident occurred around 4:30 a.m. Police arrived at the scene roughly 20 minutes later to find the car abandoned. Oddly, the missing teenager's shoes were sitting on the floor below the passenger's seat.
"I’m really terrified," Saldivar's mother Connie Netro tells KHOU Channel 11. "I need him home."
The family spent the weekend passing out more the 2,000 fliers at the busy Harrisburg-Navigation intersection. Relatives tell CultureMap that tips or clues leading to Saldivar's whereabouts have yet to emerge.
The Houston Police Department is unable to provide further details about the investigation at this time, but urges anyone with information to contact Missing Persons at 713-884-3131. The family also can be reached at 713-922-1752.
Watch KHOU Channel 11's report: