Posted: 9:17 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sighting of missing man renews hope to find him

Crishtian Hughes
Crishtian Hughes

By Cristina Rendon

KTVU.com

SAN FRANCISCO —

A sighting of a man who went missing in San Francisco last year has prompted a renewed search for him on Saturday.

Crishtian Hughes of San Diego disappeared in February 2013 while visiting a friend on Capitol Avenue in the city. It has been 14 months of absolute silence for his family until now.

Hughes’ aunt, Chelsea Denton, said a credible tip came in on his whereabouts two days ago.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him,” Denton said. “It’s good. I hope we find him.”

Denton said a woman reported seeing a man resembling Hughes wearing pajamas and black shoes in the Haight District on Thursday. Family friends and strangers gathered at the corner of Haight Street and Shrader Street on Saturday to pass out flyers.

Dan Crites wasted no time spreading the word about the potential sighting.

“I knew Crishtian when he was a baby so I’m just doing what I can as a friend and a local,” Crites said.

The flyers were posted in windows of businesses and handed out to people. One flyer contained photographs ofHughes, while another showcased the photo of him and four other men who went missing over the past three years. The group of missing men has come to be known as the “California 5.”

“If we’re having people look, we might as well look for everyone,” Denton said.

Denton said her family would never give up searching for Hughes until he is found.

“You’re always going to hope and pray that he’s alive and for my family he is alive,” she added. “He’s not dead. He’s alive. He’s out there.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the family’s tip line at (858) 212-7503 or contact the family through the Help Find Crishtian Hughes Facebook Page.

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