Nov 28, 2009 9:50 PM by Matt Stafford

Hope floats

Family and friends are celebrating the birthday of Christopher Abeyta. Only he's not there. He hasn't been for the last 23 years. At just 7 months old, Christopher was kidnapped from his crib.

"(I) Fell down the steps going downstairs, turned over furniture, just started tearing through my house looking for him," says Bernice Abeyta, mother of Christopher Abeyta.

Today balloons are being released from Quail Lake Park, with his picture and a website printed on them, hoping for a break in the case.

The family has been working to bring Christopher home for almost 24 years. They've done several different things, but the interesting thing that they say is you never know what's going to work. Like the balloons they've released, you never know where they are going to land.

"Would it be a possibility that one of these would land where he's at," says Bernice Abeyta.

That possibility is unknown, but there's one thing that is for sure.

"This is a family that's not giving up and we're still hurting after 23 years," explains Denise Alves, Christopher's sister.

Even those too young to know Christopher have taken up the call.

"If I die, my wife dies or others die, they will continue the process of searching and staying with it," says Christopher's father Gill Abeyta.

That tenacity comes with unwavering determination.

"We're very certain it is going to end, and it's going to be a good ending," says Bernice Abeyta.

"Things are going to change, for the better," Gill Abeyta says. "We haven't forgotten and we're not going to give up."

As they hope for their luck to turn, they're leaving chance to the wind.



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