Miami man disappears while visiting Vance County, family says

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HENDERSON, N.C. (WNCN) – The family of a Miami man who disappeared while visiting Henderson this week is now in Vance county helping to search for him.

The sister of 39-year-old Haisel Gonzalez tells CBS North Carolina he flew into Raleigh to visit friends in the Henderson area on January 16.

Maday Gonzalez says her brother was in regular contact with the family and girlfriend during his visit and his last text to them was this past Sunday about 4:30 p.m.

She says her brother was scheduled to take an American Airlines flight back to Miami on Monday but he never texted to say that he got on his return flight.

Maday Gonzalez says that was out of character for him.

She says when the family checked, they found her brother had missed the flight and never showed up at RDU International Airport.

At that point, she says they contacted the Vance County Sheriff’s Office and reported him missing.

In the meantime, several family members from other parts of the country have traveled to Henderson to help look for the missing man, who is the father of an 18-year-old girl.

They have had missing persons flyers printed up and are posting them around the Henderson area as they try to figure out what happened to Haisel.

Vance County Sheriff Peter White tells CBS North Carolina they are conducting a missing persons investigation but right now they have very little to go on.

At this point, White says is investigators can’t even verify that Gonzalez ever arrived in Henderson.

There’s nothing to show he spent any time in the area in the week before he was reported missing, White said.

He says posters of the missing man have been placed in all deputies cruisers and that his officers have been told to be on the lookout for the missing man.

Right now White says they are trying to “pull together a number of pieces” as they investigate the case.

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