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Family of missing 34-year-old man offers $15,000 reward

TAMPA — The family of a 34-year-old man missing since last week is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to his safe return.

Emilio J. Martinez-Rodriguez left his Wellswood home at 2125 Dallas Ave. W on Dec. 15 to pick up food for his pregnant wife, but hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Tampa police are still investigating. They have evidence that he returned home but didn't make it back inside the house.

"We've been following up on dozens of leads, but at this point, we still have more questions than answers," said Laura McElroy, police spokeswoman.

Posters on a fence next to the couple's home are filled with prayers and messages pleading for him to come home before Christmas. More than 40 candles lined the driveway, some of them arranged in the shape of a cross.

The biggest note reads, "Emilio, we love you." Others read, "We miss your big smile," and, "We love you, and we aren't giving up."

Inside the house, wife Kacee Martinez, 30, sobbed.

"We just don't know what else to do," said Andy Urso, Martinez-Rodriguez's father-in-law. "We feel hopeless."

Martinez-Rodriguez was driving a 2007, four-door, gray Toyota Camry with tinted windows, police said. It has a Bucs license plate, tag number B2AKC, and there was damage to the car's fender and front passenger door. The car rides low to the ground and has chrome rims.

He is 6 feet tall with an olive complexion, short brown hair, brown eyes and a goatee.

He has tattoos of a cross on his lower back, a heart with tribal designs on the back of his left shoulder and Japanese characters on his right biceps.

Police asked anyone with information to call (813) 231-6130.

Family of missing 34-year-old man offers $15,000 reward 12/22/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:04pm]
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