On Tuesday, as more charges were brought against his sons accused killer, Carlos Aguilar kept searching.
It had been 19 days since Christian Aguilar disappeared somewhere in Gainesville. More than two weeks had passed since police arrested the accused killer, a former high school friend of Christian Aguilars from Doral Academy Preparatory School.
Then came Tuesday, when a grand jury reaffirmed the murder charge against Pedro Bravo and added another kidnapping.
But Christian Aguilars body was still missing.
Hours after hearing the grand jurys decision announced, Carlos Aguilar returned to another patch of woods to search, again. The added charge did not deliver what he needed most.
I havent found my son. What Im looking for is to find my son, so I can get everything ready with my family, Carlos Aguilar said. Thats what I really need.
As Carlos Aguilar continued his quest, Bravo,18, remained in the Alachua County Jail, held without bail. Bravos lawyer, Ron Kozlowski, said the indictment Tuesday was expected, but declined to comment further.
Aguilar, 18, had graduated earlier this year from Doral Academy and was in his first year of classes at the University of Florida. Bravo also had graduated from Doral Academy. He moved to Gainesville to study at Santa Fe College.
The two had been friends but later fell out after a disagreement. Friends said it was because Aguilar began dating Bravos ex-girlfriend, a fellow Doral Academy graduate enrolled at Santa Fe.
Aguilar was last seen alive Sept. 20 at a Gainesville Best Buy with Bravo.
Four days later, Bravo was arrested by police and charged with refusing to provide medical care to a crime victim. Police said it was because Bravo told them he beat up Aguilar and left him, bloody, in a parking lot.
Sept. 28, police charged Bravo with murder. Police said they found a backpack that had belonged to Aguilar hidden within a suitcase in Bravos closet. Blood was in Bravos vehicle.
But no body.
The law requires first-degree murder charges to also go before a grand jury. On Tuesday, the grand jury agreed with the murder charge and added kidnapping.
The refusing to provide medical care charge eventually will go away, said Spencer Mann, chief investigator for the state attorneys office in Gainesville.
Why the grand jury added the kidnapping charge wasnt public Tuesday. The grand jury records were sealed.
Gainesville police spokesman Officer Ben Tobias deferred all questions to prosecutors.
Mann said new evidence had been presented to the grand jury but declined to give any details about it.
That new evidence did not appear to include Christian Aguilars remains.
So, Carlos Aguilar returned to the Gainesville woods, again. He said he had the help of some friends and, though he would return to South Florida, they planned to go back on weekends and keep searching.
Were still going to continue the searches, Carlos Aguilar said. Im going to continue looking for my son.
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