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Search continues for missing Santa Maria teen

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Police say this picture of Ivan Nunez was taken the day he went missing and shows the clothes he was wearing at the time. Police say this picture of Ivan Nunez was taken the day he went missing and shows the clothes he was wearing at the time.
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Police continue to ask for the public's help to find a Santa Maria teenager who disappeared nearly a week and a half ago.

They say 16-year-old Ivan Nunez left his home on Santa Maria's northwest side the day after Christmas and has not been seen or heard from since.

Ivan's family says his leaving and being gone for so long without contacting family is completely out of character.

He had been celebrating his birthday with family members when he was last seen just after midnight.

"The only thing I want to know, is where he is," Ivan's mother Gabriela Ordonez said, speaking to KSBY reporter Charlie Misra in Spanish on Monday. "I just want someone to give us any sort of a lead as to where he is. I'm not going to hurt the people that have him or know information. I just want to know where he is."

Ordonez described the night Ivan went missing as a playful gathering. She said her son had birthday cake on his face and that was the last time she remembered seeing him.

"Ivan was dancing," Ordonez said. "I remember he was dancing. And next thing I knew, he disappeared. We went outside and looked for him out in the street, between cars, around the house, and we didn't find anything."

Ivan Nunez is described as Hispanic, 5'8" tall and weighing 150 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue hoodie, jeans, and black shoes.

So far, police have no leads. The Santa Maria Police Department says there's nothing to suggest criminal activity, but investigators can't rule it out.

It's also not known how Ivan left, whether he walked or drove.

The family hopes and prays for Ivan's safe return home.

"How do you expect me to feel? I'm a desperate mother," Ordonez said. "It's like they took a part of me. Give me a lead. Hand him over to me. Please, look inside your heart."

Ivan's family says they traced the GPS on his phone, which appeared to have been working last at about 2:00 a.m. on December 26. It led them to an agricultural field on Main St. toward Guadalupe.

They say they did not find the phone, or any trace of Ivan. They believe the phone has either since been turned off, or has lost power.

If you know anything about Nunez's whereabouts, call Santa Maria police or Crime Stoppers of Santa Barbara County.

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