Candlelight vigil held for missing Yakima boy, family, search turned over to county

Lucian Munguia has been missing since Saturday. His family said he does not wander off and will come if called.

YAKIMA – Members of the community as well as law enforcement and first responders gathered at Martin Luther King Park Sunday to pray for missing 4-year-old boy named Lucian Munguia. Lucian has been missing since Saturday when his family reported they could not find him at Sarg Hubbard Park.

Nearly 100 people gathered near a pavilion at the vigil, which was organized by the Yakima City Council, to pray for Lucian and his family. Councilwoman Patricia Byers and Assistant Mayor Holly Cousens said wanted to host a vigil because many people wanted to do something to help.

Authorities have asked people not to come to Sarg Hubbard Park and assist in the search. People who are trained to find missing persons are the only people authorities are allowing to participate.

An officiant with the Yakima Valley Association of Faith Communities led the group in prayer. People could come and pray with the group or stand in support of the family and search and rescue teams.

At this time, there is a statewide alert associated with the missing 4-year-old, however, an AMBER Alert has not been issued in this case because it does not meet the criteria at this time.

Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said the search and rescue has been turned over to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team. Chief Murray said the police department will continue to work the case. For updates, visit our YouTube page, as well as yaktrinews.com

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