Search under way for Mission Valley man who disappeared while on trip to San Francisco

SAN DIEGO - The family of a 20-year-old man from Mission Valley is desperate for any information about their son who disappeared almost two weeks ago while on a trip to San Francisco.

Crishtian Hughes is supposed to be home in San Diego. He went to visit friends in San Francisco early this month. Then, with no car, hardly any money and a dead cell phone, Hughes disappeared.

"We want him back," said a friend. "He doesn't do this. He doesn't just go."

Over the weekend, a search party walked the Bay Area neighborhood where he was last seen.

"We've got two groups that are tackling Main Street," a searcher said.

10News spoke with Hughes' mother Kim Nepote on Monday evening. She said a friend told her that the night before his flight home, Hughes packed up all of his items and left. She is now in San Francisco, going door-to-door.

She also started a Facebook page called Help Find Crishtian Hughes.

"He's very passionate about everything that he does," said Nepote. "He's responsible. He works. He loves animals and he's just full of life."

Nepote told 10News that Hughes has recently had some health issues and surgeries and lost his father in September on his birthday. But despite a difficult past six months, he did not have the means to just run away, she said.

Nepote had this message for her son: "Call your mom, please. I'm worried sick. I miss you terribly. I just need to hear that you're OK. I love you."

There was a possibility that Hughes may have actually got on the plane home to San Diego and never told anyone. His family found out Monday that he did not.

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