Family: Cryptic note found in car of missing Miami-Dade man with autism

Police said 20-year-old Alejandro Suarez was last seen leaving his home in the Westchester area of Miami-Dade County on Monday.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – As Miami-Dade police search for a missing man with autism, his family is sharing a cryptic note they found in his car after his disappearance.

Police said 20-year-old Alejandro Suarez was last seen leaving his home in the Westchester area of Miami-Dade County on Monday. He’s described as 5-foot-6, weighing 150 pounds.

Suarez was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black leather jacket, black boots and a black backpack.

“He didn’t answer any calls,” Odalys Heredia, Suarez’s mother, said.

Heredia said before her son left Monday, he told her he was going to the Miami-Dade College Kendall campus to work on something for school, which she found odd, considering Monday was the Fourth of July holiday.

“He said ‘don’t worry, it’s only a short time,’” Heredia said.

Family members located his vehicle in a church parking lot adjacent to the campus, Heredia said. She said a security guard on campus remembered seeing him.

“I said ‘Is this him?” she said. “They said ‘Yes, this is the person. I had said “no, the parking lot is closed, go park in the church.”’”

Family members then found a note in Alejandro’s car, saying “I wanna be free, I don’t wanna be a helpless person,” Heredia said.

They do not believe he wrote it himself.

“That’s not him,” Suarez’s sister, Leydis Fernández, said. “He doesn’t write like that.”

Whatever the circumstances, Suarez’s family had a message to relay Wednesday.

“We’re all waiting for you, Alex,” Fernández said. “Come home please. Don’t make mom and sister suffer.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade police or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.


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