YAKIMA, Wash.--NBC Right Now has the latest on the years-long search for a
missing Yakima man.
The last time Larry Riegel's family heard from him was Christmas 2009. On
Thursday, Yakima Police carefully searched two houses, one in Yakima and another
in Moxee. They're both connected to Larry's ex-girlfriend
Detectives are trying to piece together the missing man's last moments and
have changed this from a missing person's case to a death investigation.
A family's resilience and determination has helped bring them to this
"Of course I was celebrating," said Cecelia Downey, Larry's mother. "I've
told everybody that I know hey guess what her house is being searched today,
Police entered a home along the fifteen 1500 Block of South 12th Avenue
with everything from a search warrant to cadaver dogs. It was the last place a
Larry was seen. Police say the missing man shared this house with his girlfriend
Ladena Mann, who still lives there.
"It's been a very active investigation for the last several months and from
that investigation we've been able to establish enough probable cause to obtain
a signed search warrant from a judge," said Captain Rod Light with the Yakima
Police are currently looking for any physical evidence that can help solve
Larry's disappearance and help bring closure to his family.
"If I even had a bone it would help," said Downey.
Some form of Larry that could end the millions of questions running through
his mothers mind.
"The thing of it is, what's sad is you go by a haystack you wonder if he's
there," said Downey. "You go by a pile of manure you wonder if he's under that.
You go by a river you wonder if he's in that. You go anywhere out on the
reservation you wonder if he's out there."
Police said they'll take any evidence they find to a crime lab for further
Larry's mother tells us she'll never give up searching for the man she
called an ideal son.