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Family, friends lead search for missing Nipomo man

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 23:07:01-05

A search is underway for a missing Nipomo father of five.

Saul Tiznado, also known as Chico, told his longtime girlfriend he was on his way home around 6 p.m. on Monday. The 41-year-old never came home and he has not been heard from or seen since.

Around 40 people helped with the search on Thursday from Santa Maria to San Luis Obispo.

They posted missing poster signs and asked everyone they came across whether they’d seen him and if they can keep an eye out for him.

Saul Tiznado


“He lives in Nipomo so he could be anywhere, so if you guys could keep an eye out, pass it to your friends, it’s on Facebook, share it. The more eyes we have out the better,” said longtime friend Xochi Farias.

“It’s out of the ordinary so I wouldn’t even know,” said Christine Delgado. “I’m just worried about him. As long as we can find him and know that he’s okay, that’s what matters.”

Delgado, his girlfriend of ten years and mother of three of his children, says she last talked to Tiznado on Monday.

“He left Monday morning at 7:30 and had said he was going to a union meeting and then I received another message around 6 p.m. saying he was on his way home and I’ve never heard from him since,” Delgado said.

He was driving a 1992 white four-door Honda Accord with a black hood.

Delgado and Farias and a couple of others zeroed in on some coastal towns Thursday after getting a possible tip.

“We are kind of focusing in on the Shell Beach area, Pismo area due to a lead we received late last night that there was a possible road rage incident around 6 p.m. Monday evening heading southbound on the 101 and that they had possibly exited Shell Beach Road,” Farias explained.

They’ve reached out to tow companies, hospitals, and law enforcement for help in finding Tiznado.

“It touches close to home because it’s a good friend,” Farias said. “We are asking for the public for any help to find him and bring him home.”

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office says that Tiznado has been entered into the Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit of the California Department of Justice after his girlfriend filed a report on Tuesday.

“For him not to come home that is not like him at all and for him not to have his phone on him, he has Messenger, and he’s always on that and for him not to be on it, something’s wrong,” Delgado said.

Tiznado has five children. The oldest is 20 and the youngest is 5.

“He’s a great dad, he’s funny, he’s caring and you know, he’s just a funny guy and a great friend and I hate to see his family suffering not knowing where his whereabouts are,” Farias said.

She says they’ll continue to search until they find him.

“Somebody had to have seen him. Somebody had to have seen his car. Again, we’re kind of going from Santa Maria all the way up to San Luis because we don’t really know exactly where he was.”

We are told there has not been any activity on his credit cards over the past few days. His phone is also not working.

If you have any information on where Tiznado might be, you’re asked to call the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.