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Dec 13, 2015 9:46 PM

UPDATE: Search continues for missing Nashua boy; family holds up hope


NASHUA - Family and friends spent much of the weekend searching for a missing high-school boy, scouring Mine Falls Park among other places Sunday.

Police reported Ronaldo Acosta missing on Friday, issuing a description and a report that he was last seen in downtown Nashua. Acosta is 16 and a student at Nashua High School South. His friends and family say it's not like him to disappear and are worried for his safety, including his brother who calls Ronaldo his best friend

“I always tried to help him, in anything you know especially baseball, that’s what brings us together. Baseball is our thing, what we do” said Rodolfo "Rudy" Acosta.

Rudy says he and his brother play together on the New England Red baseball team and he just wants to know his brother is okay.

Ronaldo is known among friends as always being on-time for practice and games.

"He's a great kid" says teammate Nick Slater, "It's not like him to do this."

His father Teofilo Acosta, who uses a wheelchair, says he received a phone call from the school saying his son was missing classes and when Ronaldo didn't return home from school, he knew something was wrong.

"He takes care of me, you know he thinks he is my father. I want him to be safe and I want him back. I love him" he said.

When his baseball coach Mike Reed found out Ronaldo went missing, he gathered teammates and they swarmed the streets of Nashua posting signs and searching the Mine Falls Park, a place he and his brother hang out. All of them were saying this is completely out-of character for the teen.

"Everybody is here, and we’re worried about you" said his aunt Cecilia Acosta, "We’re only concerned about your safety and everything, I promise you everything is going to be just fine. We just want you to be okay, and we just want you to be happy. We love you a lot, there is no hard feelings and we understand”.

Police are asking anyone with information or who may have seen Ronaldo to call the Nashua Police department.


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