NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Martin Hernandez returns to Nacogdoches seeking encouragement following the disappearance of his son.
"Whatever happened to my son, I want him," Hernandez said.
Dallas is where Martin lives with his family for job training, but he was needing familiar spiritual support from prayer partners at Grace Bible Church.
The question is how a strong 26-year-old construction worker can vanish. Elijah Hernandez' last communication was Jan. 13 at 12:30 a.m.
"After that everything went silent," his father said.
Martin says investigators learned Elijah, an American citizen, had $20 for a movie, a cell phone, passport, and the clothes on his back. Other clothes and a phone charger remained in his room.
The Hernandez family is using life savings and donations to pay for a private investigator. Posters are going up in stores and on light posts in Cabo San Lucas and adjoining towns.
A reward is offered.
"One million pesos which is about $70,000," Hernandez said.
The FBI made the suggestion as the agency must follow rules of engagement.
"They cannot do anything unless it's homicide, or a body found, or kidnap," Hernandez said.
All possibilities. A Mexican agency reports over 105,000 kidnappings happened in 2012. Only a few over 1,300 were reported. There were also over 4,000 forced disappearances.
A month ago Martin, his wife and brother-in-law while in Cabo searching were encouraged when Mexican authorities, including a District Attorney of tourism, appeared to be cooperating. Then Martin says the rabbi at the synagogue where Elijah was working was brought in for questioning.
"But he came in with his attorney, with his lawyer," Hernandez said. "After that I noticed there was a huge change on her attitude.">
The Mexican immigrant who left his home country 35 years ago is convinced authorities were influenced by bribes.
"If you dig this deeper it's going to affect your tourism and that's how they live," Hernandez said. "That's how they make their living, so it's everything connected to one thing and that's money."
Martin is told there's an 80 percent chance that his son is still alive.
"To me my son is dead until I see him and to me it will be a miracle to see my son again alive," Hernandez said.