Search Organized for Missing Ashland Man

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: October 13, 2018 10:52 PM

The search for 47-year-old Raymond Ocasio from Ashland continues. His wife, Michelle Ocasio, organized a search on Beartrap Road in the Bad River Reservation Saturday.


Raymond and Michelle Ocasio used to live in a trailer near the search. Raymond has been missing for almost three weeks now.

"I just want him to be found. It's been too long, I'm trying to stay strong,” Michelle Ocasio, said.

Family and friends are holding on to hope as they set out on the search to find possible clues of Raymond’s whereabouts.

“Looking for items that were in the car. He had papers in there from his paper route,” Ocasio said.

Raymond drives a 2013 dark gray Honda Civic. The license plate is ABU 7748. His car hasn't been found.

"I know he had his wallet with him, he keeps it in his car,” Ocasio said.

Michelle had a gut feeling to search on Beartrap Road, a place they used to call home.

Raymond worked as a newspaper carrier.

Michelle said she last saw him on Sept. 23 that Sunday night. She got a call from his boss the following day saying he didn't pick up the newspaper to do his paper route again.

"By now, he would have grown a beard. He should be all scruffy, and he hasn't come home and changed or nothing,” Ocasio said.

Michelle said his phone pinged on Farm Road in Ashland on Sept. 24. She also said she received tips from people who saw him on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 at a Walgreens and True Value in Ashland.

"Someone had seen him face to face and that person knows who he is, and she was for sure positive that she'd seen him,” Ocasio said.

"We are doing whatever we can to try to find him and find out what happened to him," Ruth Ritter, a friend of Raymond Ocasio, said.

Family and friends say it’s unusual for him to disappear unannounced.

"He seemed happy like always, and smiley and enthusiastic,” Ritter said.

Those who know Raymond well, describe him as an outspoken person, someone easy to connect with.

"I met Raymond about two in a half years ago and I asked him to help me pass out gospel literature. I saw his enthusiasm and I said, ok Raymond, you're hired,” Ritter said.

"I started scheduling him for speaking engagements because he seemed to have a natural gift to speaking to people,” Ritter said.

A disappearance the community hopes to find answers about soon.

Anyone with information about Raymond Ocasio is asked to call the Ashland Police Department or call 911.


Alejandra Palacios

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