Philadelphia family still searching for man who disappeared

Gregory Andino, 38, has been missing for more than two weeks.
Gregory Andino, 38, has been missing for more than two weeks.
Posted: February 21, 2014

FOR THE LAST two weeks, Gregory Andino's family has been searching for their lost relic.

The nickname Andino's parents gave their son was "Reliquia," which means "relic" in Spanish, although everyone knew him as "Rell."

Andino's disappearance Feb. 3 has stumped police and his family, who have hired a lawyer and private investigator to look into the case.

After a 3:30 a.m. call to his girlfriend early that morning telling her he was on his way home, Andino, 38, was never heard from again.

His truck, a 2006 GMC Denali, was found crashed on Interstate 76 West near 30th Street Station with the driver's side airbag deployed, police said. All of Andino's possessions were found inside the vehicle, but he was never located.

Andino's younger brother, Steven Andino, said his family is devastated.

"Our family has been everywhere. We checked every camera we can," he said. "Our family will do whatever we can to look for him. We'll search. We'll pass out fliers. We'll look here. We'll look there."

Police said Andino left his house on Annsbury Street near 4th about 3 p.m. Feb. 2 to watch the Super Bowl with friends. Steven Andino said his brother then went barhopping in North Philly, and the last person to see him alive was a barmaid to whom he offered a ride home.

Steven Andino said the family doesn't believe police are doing enough to find his brother and he wants them to check into a tip the family was given.

He said a woman has come forward claiming that she overheard three boys talking at a Roxborough Wawa about how they had hijacked someone and wrecked his car near 30th Street Station.

Steven Andino wants police to vet the woman's story and test blood left behind in his brother's vehicle.

Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman, said the case is still "an active investigation" on which detectives are continuing to work.

The family is offering a $40,000 reward for Andino's safe return. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call detectives at 215-686-3043 or 215-686-TIPS.


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