Family seeking answers in man’s 2010 disappearance

August 3, 2018

The family of a man missing since 2010 is asking for help to find him.

Maria Juana Perez de Melgar said her son, Carlos Melgar-Perez, hasn’t been seen or heard from since May 23, 2010, when the 25-year-old disappeared from the Southbridge Apartments complex in the 8300 block of Bridgeway Boulevard, near South Anthony Boulevard, Tillman Road and Lafayette Street.

Police at the time said he might have been intoxicated and fallen from a third-floor balcony at the complex and left the area on foot, but investigators now suspect foul play.

Melgar, from Guatemala, is visiting family in Fort Wayne and searching for answers.

“He has been gone for eight years, and we just want to know,” she said through an interpreter. “I just don’t know.”

She and two of her sons, Gustavo Melgar and Arnulfo Melgar : Carlos’ identical twin : met with reporters Thursday at the Fort Wayne Police Department.

The family reported him missing May 24, 2010, and Carlos was last seen the night before with a friend who lived at the apartment complex. Police searched the area and land around nearby Prestwick Square Apartments and along the Rivergreenway.

They weren’t sure whether he was alive.

Deputy Police Chief Garry Hamilton said Thursday that investigators found a shoe that belonged to Carlos and his cellphone. Carlos made a deposit to his bank account before he was reported missing but the money was never spent, he said.

“We suspect foul play in this person’s disappearance,” Hamilton said.

Carlos moved from his native Guatemala to Fort Wayne in 2005, his mother said. His brothers would join him later.

They describe Carlos as a dedicated son and brother. Maria said he called her three days before he disappeared, just to check in.

“He was always worried about me,” she said. “He knew that I have diabetes, and he was always asking about me.

“To this day, I don’t believe he was doing anything wrong.”

Arnulfo said through the interpreter his twin brother “worked and helped our family out.”

“Our family is very worried about him,” he said.

Anyone with information can call police at 427-1201.


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