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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.
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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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