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RANCHO MURRIETA (CBS13) – Authorities have suspended their search for a missing Colfax man, but family and friends are holding out hope they’ll find him.

Today marks one week since Eric Garcia disappeared after leaving Rancho Murrieta. Deputies say Eric made a call to his fiancé last Saturday morning, but the phone hasn’t been used since then.

The sheriff’s department officially called off its search on Thursday, five days after Garcia disappeared. But family and several dozen volunteers have been searching on their own.

On Thursday drones were used to look for him near Highway 50.

“We were told the search was discontinued because they had searched from Auburn to Colfax. He didn’t start there,” said Richard Milleman, Eric’s stepfather. “I want answers from the authorities.”

“Every morning you get up and have this strong hope that this is the day. And as soon as darkness hits, you feel frustrated,” said Pamela,  a family member.

Last Saturday, Eric realized he had left his wallet at his home in Colfax and drove there from the valley in icy conditions. But he never arrived at home. His family thinks he may have gotten stranded in the snow storm. Authorities from three counties and Eric’s family joined in on the search. Even a complete stranger used his drone with a camera attached to search.

The family will be out searching again Sunday, joined by that man with that drone. They plan to search new areas along Eric’s route.

Garcia was driving a late ninties, tan Plymouth Breeze.

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