Food truck owner reported missing

2013-03-06T16:58:00Z 2013-03-06T17:22:46Z Food truck owner reported missing Napa Valley Register
March 06, 2013 4:58 pm

Authorities are looking for a man known for operating a food truck in the Napa County Airport area and Coombs Street in Napa, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

Ramiro E. Arechiga, 46, of Vallejo, was reported missing in Vallejo on Tuesday morning to the Vallejo Police Department and the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

“We don’t know what to do,” daughter Maria Arechiga said after passing out flyers about her missing father in Napa on Wednesday.

Ramiro Arechiga dropped off his wife, Genoveve, at about 2 p.m. Monday, after completing their lunch route at a business park around Napa County Airport, daughter Maria Arechiga said. Her mother went home in a regular pickup truck.

Her mother thought her husband would take a walk in the business park before driving the taco truck, “La Perla De Jalisco” to Coombs Street in Napa, their daughter said. Her father usually sold food near the A-1 Food Store until 6 p.m., Maria Arechiga said.

Instead, the food truck was found at 770 Skyway Court where his wife had last seen him, Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said Wednesday.

Ramiro Arechiga checked into a hotel in Fairfield on Monday night and withdrew money at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at a Wells Fargo bank, also in Fairfield, Stuart said. How he reached Fairfield is unclear. His keys, cell phone and money from the day’s sales were found in the food truck, Stuart said.

Maria Arechiga said her father’s pickup truck was still at the commissary in the 1900 block of Broadway Street in Vallejo where the food for the truck is prepared. The family went to look for her father after he failed to come home Monday night.

“It was really unlike him,” Maria Arechiga said. “We’re worried.”

Stuart said a California Highway Patrol plane, Napa County Sheriff’s deputies, three K-9s and Search and Rescue volunteers were among those who searched the area near the Napa County Airport.

Arechiga is considered missing and is listed on a nationwide missing person database, Stuart said.

Ramiro Arechiga is described as 6 feet 2, 200 pounds with brown eyes and dark brown hair. He speaks little English, Maria Arechiga said.

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