MISSING IN KANSAS: Kansas man found safe, arrested in Georgia after family struggles to get case filed
A missing Fort Riley soldier has been located and arrested in central Georgia.
The family of Roberto Junior Familia confirmed he was arrested in Crisp County, Ga., since the day they last heard from him on Tuesday, March 21. His cousin said he was arrested on charges stemming from a car chase, but law enforcement there was unaware he was a missing person – something the family struggled to get filed with law enforcement agencies for several days.
Familia, 24, is an inactive soldier with the Army National Guard. He lives in Junction City; police there flagged Familia’s vehicle, so license plate-scanning technology could help locate him, as it appears it did in this case. Though he does have family in New York, Florida and Puerto Rico, family was surprised he was found more than 1,000 miles from his home.
His cousin, Jordaline Infante, said Familia has had a tough time lately and appears to suffer from PTSD. She said it seemed like he was experiencing emotional distress, so she took to social media to get word out about him. Infante was happy to have so much support from people online, and hopes this will let her cousin know that he is loved by so many.
“It was really overwhelming,” Infante said. “But, it was really good to see everyone who was helping out, sharing it and all their well wishes. I mean I definitely want to, you know, show him, look at how many people care about you; look at how many people have just been worried about you and you are here. You are depressed, but you should care about yourself as much as all these people care about you.”
KAKE News has contacted the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office for more details about the arrest.
The Junction City Police Department shares this statement on the case, writing, “On March 29th, Junction City Police Department was notified that Mr. Familia was currently incarcerated in Crisp County Georgia. Mr. Familia is safe and unharmed and is no longer considered a missing person. We have no additional information at this time.”
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Family is concerned for the health of a northeast Kansas man who was last heard from more than a week ago.
Roberto Junior Familia, 24, is an inactive Fort Riley soldier who lives in Junction City. His cousin said they last heard from him on Tuesday, March 21, via text message. They said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and was showing signs of distress. Now, his phone appears to be out of service.
Detectives checked out the license plate on Roberto’s vehicle, and it appears it was last spotted this past week in Kentucky – more than 500 miles away.
Roberto often wears dark, baggy clothes, camouflage pants and a white baseball cap.
ROBERTO JUNIOR FAMILIA
Missing from: Junction City, Kan.
Missing since: March 21, 2023
Age when reported missing: 24
Weight: 160 pounds
Distinguishing features: wears braces on his teeth; has tattoo of flames on his left arm that read ‘Flameesz’
If you have information that could help the case, contact the Junction City Police Department at (785) 762-5912 or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at (785) 296-4017. You can also leave an anonymous tip with the KBI by clicking here.
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