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Seattle Engineer Jeremiah Foco Missing 13 Days, Friends Rallying to Find Him

Jeremiah 'J' Foco and Jocelyn Coimbre have been close friends for more than seven years. Jocelyn Coimbre

Seattle software engineer Jeremiah Foco vanished 13 days ago in Seattle, Washington and since then, his close-knit group of friends has taken every avenue possible to find him.

"There is no such thing as, 'Sorry, we're busy,'" Jocelyn Coimbre told Dateline NBC Monday. "There are 20, 25 people working every day doing things, four or five of us full time, basically. It's draining."

When exactly Jeremiah vanished is still somewhat up for debate. Surveillance footage shows the 34-year-old pulling into the garage of his apartment complex in Seattle's International District on July 22 at 12:07 a.m. There are also images of a man who Jocelyn says looks and walks like Foco captured the following morning at the bus station he frequently takes to get to work. But then again, that man may not be him.

"There are a lot of rumors going around and unconfirmed information. But what we do know is: He's not at his apartment, he didn't show up for work and he never contacted anyone," said Coimbre. "Maybe he didn't take the same path he normally does to work, maybe he stopped to grab a coffee and the system where he swipes his bus pass was down, so he rode for free. Who knows?"

The Seattle Police Department is investigating, but do not suspect foul play at this time. Detectives have collected DNA from Foco's parents, who flew in last week from their home in Michigan. Information regarding Foco's cell phone activity and bank accounts has reportedly also been compiled.

Although many details remain unclear, Coimbre and the rest of Foco's friends are rallying around to bring their friend home. Thousands of fliers have been circulated and social media has been flooded with #findfoco postings. One of Foco's friends offered their frequent flyer miles to help bring his parents to Seattle for several days last week.

"I try and tell people: This isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. We want him home now, but we have to be prepared to keep fighting long-term, if it comes to that, because no matter how long it takes, we won't give up."

Jeremiah Foco is described as 6'2" tall, weighing 220 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may be wearing tan shorts, a green shirt with yellow writing on the front, a red baseball cap, with white socks and sandals.

If you have any information that may help bring Foco home, please contact the Seattle Police Department at (206) 625-5011. You can also visit the Facebook page ‘Missing: Jeremiah Foco’ for more information on the case.