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Family, friends make desperate plea to find 2 missing Tucson men

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Erik Lorta and Manuel Castro vanished on their way back from Sonora, Mexico on Wednesday. Erik Lorta and Manuel Castro vanished on their way back from Sonora, Mexico on Wednesday.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Family and friends of two missing Tucson men are making a plea for their safe return. It has been 72 hours since anyone has heard from the two friends. The pair left on Wednesday for a day trip to Mexico but never returned.

Tucson Police Detectives took statements from the family Saturday afternoon at their Oro Valley home. Loved ones fought back tears making a desperate plea for their return.

"He would always tell me where he was going to go, when he'd be back," said Yasmin Rosales, a girlfriend to one of the men. "This is very unusual for him to be like this."

Erik Lorta and Manuel Castro vanished on their way back home from a small town near Nogales, Sonora. They were supposed to return by 4 p.m. that same day. Family says there are no circumstances that would make them leave. In fact, they were in a hurry to get back.

"They have family... we're looking for them. They have babies to come home to and we're very desperate to see them," Arlene Lorta, a cousin to one of the men, said.

The pair left in a black 2014 GMC Sierra pickup. Relatives in Mexico have been searching the area and handing out flyers with pictures of the two men.

"I have a lot of faith. I think he'll come back," said Rosales.

As of now, there is no reward. Anyone with any information is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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