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Search planned for missing friends last seen Feb. 1 in Lorain County

Alaina Camacho and Nathan Orona last seen Feb. 1
Posted at 3:57 PM, Mar 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-05 18:28:25-05

LORAIN, Ohio — Relatives of a missing man and woman last seen leaving a Lorain County apartment complex nearly five weeks ago are planning a citywide search in Lorain Sunday, hoping to find clues in the disappearance of 18-year-old Alaina Camacho and 20-year-old Nathan Orona.

Poster for missing woman Alaina Camacho
Missing poster for Nathan Orona

The two friends were last seen leaving Orona's apartment, which he shared with his mother, early February 1.

Investigators received dozens of tips in the pair's disappearance but said Friday they still don't have any solid leads.

"My family and Nathan's family, all we're asking is that we get some leads and those leads lead us to bringing them back home," said Camacho's uncle Albert Camacho.

Detectives said there has been no activity on cell phones belonging to the pair.

There also have been no reports of law enforcement anywhere in America spotting Camacho's gold 2004 Honda Accord with a missing front bumper, according to the Lorain County sheriff's department.

The license plate on that vehicle is GTD 9555.

While family members have received ransom demands, police believe those were just hoaxes.

Relatives said it's unlike either of the friends to go more than a day without contacting family members.

"Nathan would step out of the house and in 15 minutes he's calling his mom, 'Hey mom, whatcha doing?'" said Orona's aunt Waleska Soto.

The citywide search is scheduled to begin Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on Pearl Avenue in Lorain.

"Wooded areas will be looked at," said Lorain City Councilman Rey Carrion, "alleys, abandoned properties, abandoned garages. The shorelines of the Black River also will inspected and looked at as well."

Family members of the missing called the last five weeks a nightmare.

"Nothing makes sense," said Muneca Figueroa, Onona's grandmother. "I don't know what's going on. They don't bother anybody. They were kids."

But at a news conference Friday, relatives of the pair promised to continue searching through their pain until the friends are found.

"I believe they're still out there alive," said Albert Camacho. "As far as I'm concerned, I believe they're out there alive."

"We want them here," said Soto, "and we're going to fight to the end until he's home, and until she's home. We can't quit. It's perseverance. You've got to persevere through it all."

A reward fund has been established for tips in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call police.