A man is claiming to be the missing baby who vanished from his Colorado Springs crib in 1986, and he’s driven from at least one state away to take a DNA test.
Christopher Abeyta disappeared from his crib in 1986, when he was just 7 months old, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Little has been reported about the man who claims to be Abeyta, or why he is so sure he is the missing baby.
Abeyta’s sister Linnea Abeyta told KKTV in Colorado Springs that the family is trying not to get their hopes up, but they are open to the possibility.
"Your brain is telling you not to, but your heart is saying this might be it," she said. "There is a person who drove here to Colorado to go to the [Colorado Bureau of Investigation] to get a DNA test," Abeyta told Oxygen.com.
There’s a reason why the family is skeptical. It’s not the first time that someone has claimed to be the missing baby. In fact, this marks the fourth instance that DNA evidence was taken from a person who claimed to be Christopher.
His sister said she has seen a baby photo of the man who most recently emerged claiming to be her sibling.
“The toddler was, yeah, could be. It's hard to admit that you don't know but they are some likings there, but if I was to see him without any knowledge of who he was I don't know if I would say that that's Christopher,” she said.
Colorado Springs police cold case Commander Jeff Jensen does not feel hopeful.
"Unfortunately at this time it does not appear this will be credible information, however, we are working to confirm," he told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "We have had similar type things happen in the past which I know may seem very odd but this is not a unique circumstance.”
Investigators tested the DNA of the man on Wednesday. The results will be available in September.
A suspect has never been named in case of missing infant. However, last year, police said they identified a person of interest, whom they never never named publicly, adding even more mystery to an already mysterious case.
There is a $100,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
[Photo: National Center For Missing & Exploited Children]