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#MISSING: Manuel Peña, 56 - Lansing, MICHIGAN (his girlfriend Josephina Marie Betancourt was found in the Grand River earlier this month)

Manuel Peña has been missing without a trace for nearly a month.
Police have exhausted most resources to find the 56-year-old Lansing man. He was last seen April 25 with Josephina Betancourt, his girlfriend who was found dead in the Grand River earlier this month.
But Peña's family remains hopeful that he is alive.
"I hope he's living — big time," his sister, Ruth Peña, said Thursday, speaking by phone from her home in California. "We want him to be alive."
Police don't have leads on Manuel Peña's whereabouts, Lansing police Detective Lee McCallister said Thursday afternoon. The department's dive team and a helicopter and cadaver dogs from the Michigan State Police have been used to search for him.
Both Betancourt, 38, and Manuel Peña, were last seen at a gathering at the home of Betancourt's daughter. Police said they do not know if the couple was together when Betancourt, a mother of four, died. Her funeral was last week.
Lansing police found Betancourt's car with her cell phone and purse locked inside in the city parking lot adjacent to the Brenke Fish Ladder the day she was reported missing. Police have not ruled out foul play in her death. Betancourt's family had created a search headquarters next to the parking lot, led organized searches across Lansing and printed T-shirts with her photo on the front.
The Peña family has circulated fliers and photos of the missing man, but hasn't sought the same level of public attention. He has many friends in Lansing, none of whom know where he is, Ruth Peña said.
"We don't know what happened to him. I'm just hoping he's alive, is all I know," she said.
Manuel Peña had been the full-time caretaker for his mother and had lived with his parents in Lansing. He and Betancourt had been dating for several months.
Lansing police don't expect to continue using the dive team or state police services, McCallister said. Officers continue to monitor the Grand River shoreline in search of Peña, however, he said.
"The things we have in front us just don't look like it will end well," he said.
Tips
Anyone with information on Manuel Peña's whereabouts can call Lansing police at 483-4600.
 
[SOURCE]: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/05/21/lansing-pena-missing-update/27727119/
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