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Columbia Missourian

Man still missing one month after disappearance

By Kristi McCann
June 28, 2010 | 7:49 p.m. CDT

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.