Bunny Rodriguez is exhausted and emotionally drained. It’s been nearly a month since her father went missing from his Middletown home.
“I have children. They do miss their Pop Pop so that’s very hard each day too to tell them, I’m still looking and they’re hopeful,” said Rodriguez during an emotional news conference today in Bridgeport.
Her father, 59-year-old Peter Recchia, was last seen October 3. He was seen on surveillance video walking in New Haven. He’s also been seen in Durham and Hamden. However, it’s been weeks since has last sighting.
“I hope he’s with a family that took him in,” added Rodriguez. “I hope he didn’t get any farther than New Haven.”
Recchia was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and has rectangular eye glasses. He is 5-foot-11 and weighs about 150 pounds.
Middletown police issued a Silver Alert on October 7 and have handled the investigation, but say they have no new leads. The Recchia family says they’ve been informed by police they do not have the resources to continue a full-scale search.
The search for Recchia has been aided by Lamar Advertising, which has donated four digital billboards to help build awareness. The billboards, which were designed in concert with Middletown police, went up October 23.
The family is asking people to search their own private surveillance videos and keeping a keen lookout for anyone who might fit Peter’s description.
“We want to beg the public to feel the desperation that we feel,” said Frank Recchia, the missing man’s brother.
Frank Recchia is a television reporter at News 12 Connecticut and says this story is like many he’s covered and he’s come to accept it may end tragically.
“If Peter is dead, we still want to bring him home,” Frank said. “We need to regain the calm that comes with closure.”
With that, that family is raising funds, hoping to hire a private investigator and it will continue the search no matter how long it takes.
Police are asking for help finding Recchia and ask anyone with information to call Detective Jimmy Lacasse at 860-638-4134.