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Family searching for injured teen who never returned from Fort Worth field trip

A family is searching for answers after a teen went missing following a school field trip in Fort Worth.

Angel Alvarado, 18, has not been seen for nine days. He went on a two-day trip with Uplift Mighty Preparatory school on April 15, Angel’s sister, Jazmin Alvarado, said. The trip ended on April 17, and friends saw Angel get off the bus and walk to his truck in the school parking lot. But he never came home.

Angel’s family became even more concerned when Angel’s doctor told them recent MRI results came back and show that Angel has two herniated discs.

“If he doesn’t receive medical attention soon, there’s a possibility that his condition will worsen to the point that he won’t be able to walk due to the pain,” Jazmin wrote on a Facebook page dedicated to finding her brother.

On Thursday morning, Angel’s family found his truck parked four miles away from the school at Tandy Hill Nature Area. All of Angel’s belongings were in the truck, including his cap and gown, which he is expected to don at graduation in May. The only items missing were Angel’s Social Security and insurance cards, Jazmin said.

Angel’s truck was parked near a house, and Jazmin’s family asked the homeowners if they had seen him. The homeowners found footage from a surveillance camera showing Angel getting out of the truck earlier Thursday morning.

As they searched through the truck, Jazmin’s family found a few notes from Angel that eluded to emotional issues he may have been having.

18-year-old Angel Alvarado has been missing since April 17. Jazmin Alvarado Jazmin Alvardo

At that point, Jazmin’s family contacted Fort Worth police. Police said Angel’s mom talked to them on Thursday, and she said she hadn’t spoken to her son since 2 p.m. on April 17.

Jazmin said they believe Angel’s phone is off or that he is not looking at it.

Over the weekend, Jazmin said Angel’s friends and her family searched the park, made fliers and called anyone with whom Angel might have been in touch.

“Nobody saw any trace of him at the park,” Jazmin said. “Nobody called.”

On Monday, Jazmin said, her family went to Angel’s school, and the director sent a mass message out to students and parents. They also found out from Angel’s doctor about his herniated discs.

“According to the doctor, the pain would be so excruciating, he may not be able to walk,” Jazmin said.

On Tuesday, they visited local shelters and called hospitals.

“We have become very.... Our options have become very limited,” Jazmin said.

Jazmin said her brother is fairly reserved, had the highest test scores in his school and wasn’t someone who acted out.

“This isn’t very like Angel, which is why the school has offered to help us,” she said. “Everyone knows him and knows he’s not the type of kid who just runs off.”

If you have any information that may assist those looking for Angel, you can contact 214-814-0090 or 817-392-4442.

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