May 8, 2013 1:52 AM by Eric Ross

27 years later: Abeyta family still hopeful missing son will be found

As three missing teens turn up alive inside an Ohio home three decades after they disappeared, there's new hope in a 27 year old cold case right here in Colorado Springs.

July 15, 1986 is when 7-month old Christopher Abeyta vanished from his home. A massive manhunt and lengthy investigation turned up nothing, but that's not stopping Christopher's mother, Bernice, from searching for answers.

"I keep going and never give up hope," Bernice said. "We need to find him."

The recent media coverage of three decade old cold cases in Ohio put Abeyta's case back in the spotlight.

"I think the community wants some closure in this case," detective Mike Montez said.

Montez took over Abeyta's case in 2012. He now has the task of solving one of the city's longest running cold cases.

"We believe he's alive and we stay very active in the investigation," he said.

Bernice has stayed active in the case too. Not a day goes by where she wonders where her son may be or whether he's okay.

"We love him very much," Bernice said. "We have never ever stopped looking for him and never will. He would end such a nightmare in our family if he came home."

For more information on Christopher, visit

There is a $100,000 reward being offered for information on where Christopher might be. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-THE-LOST.



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