KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Colorado man has a similar story to the one of Lisa Irwin’s family. Gil Abeyta and his wife woke up on July 15, 1986 and their son Christopher was gone. He’s still missing 25 years later.
Abeyta is reaching out to Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin.
“I met with them briefly,” Abeyta said. “I could tell they don’t trust anyone, not even me.”
He says he expected that response. He’s been following the story from the beginning. He feels like the baby’s parents got some bad advice as well as being overwhelmed and they simply withdrew. Abyeta says talking with them wasn’t easy.
“It didn’t go as well as I wanted it to, but then again, I was telling them to do this do that,” he said. “Talk to police, they didn’t like it, you think they like someone coming in and telling them that?”
It’s easy to see that Abyeta has a passion for helping families find their missing children. The Lisa Irwin case gets him really fired up.
“It was the closest I’ve ever had in my life,” he said. “That’s why I immediately came here. I never had anyone like this. It was so similar, it was like reliving it.”
He and his wife have been looking for their son Christopher for 25 years. He remembers the early stages of the investigation.
“I was a victim, still am a victim,” he said. “I was accused like they were. So was my wife.”
He didn’t get much time with the family so he tried to make the most of it and pass on advice from his own case.
“You can not ignore the news media, the public,” he said. “The police, you can not do that. That is your life line, that is who’s going to help you.”
He says he isn’t sure if he will meet with Lisa Irwin’s parents again. He’d like to help but he also wants to make sure the focus stays on finding Lisa and bringing her home.