Man still missing one month after disappearance

Monday, June 28, 2010 | 7:49 p.m. CDT; updated 8:27 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 29, 2010

COLUMBIA — Edward Acosta is still missing after his release from University Hospital and subsequent disappearance on May 28, the Columbia Police Department said in a release.

Edward Acosta is a 46-year-old Hispanic male, who is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 15o pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.


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Immediately after Acosta was declared missing, officers of the Columbia Police Department began calling other area hospitals, hotels and taxi services, the release said. Columbia police also contacted the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department because Acosta is a resident of Laquey.

The University of Missouri Police Department and Boone County Sheriff’s Department were contacted to help in the search.

After police posted fliers at area businesses, an employee of the Hampton Inn on 1225 Fellows Place contacted investigators June 7 after recognizing Acosta’s picture, the release said. She said he had come into the hotel and asked about a room, but left on foot heading east after deciding not to rent a room.

On June 10, police conducted a search along Stadium Boulevard near Rock Quarry Road where the Hampton Inn is located, the release said. The search had no luck in locating Acosta.

Investigators are working with Missouri State Highway Patrol to determine if an aerial search can be conducted.

Anyone with information about Acosta’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the police department at 572-874-7652 or Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS.

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Bill Walters June 29, 2010 | 8:23 p.m.

Hi Everyone; I am a good friend of Eddie's. I live in Columbia and may have seen him monday 21st. I couldn't get his attention he had turned his head. If it was him he was with a girl and they were using sign language. Eddie is an american, but speaks spanish and english. While almost everyone I have talked to says he didn't know sign language. Someone with his last name said he had a long time deaf friend. Maybe we as friend just never saw him use it because he had no reason to use it.

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Lupe Barrios July 2, 2010 | 12:50 p.m.

Edward Acosta is my cousin. We are continuing our search for him and need any additional information available. What is the full name of the Acosta that mentioned the long time deaf friend? Did you call out his name? Did you see his face? Or just assume that it was him? How do you know Eddie? Would you be willing to provide contact information so that I, or another one of his relatives, can contact you?

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Aneisa Sherrill-Mattox July 10, 2010 | 9:51 a.m.

Lupe....I have information that would be helpful and relevant to you and your family. Please contact our office at or 573-489-USA4.

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Aneisa Sherrill-Mattox July 10, 2010 | 9:52 a.m.

It is imperative that I speak with family only.

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