Local Professional Soccer Hopeful Who Went Missing In Hawaii Found Safe

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami family of a missing man says he has been found alive and safe in Hawaii.

No one had heard from 22-year-old Bryan Ruiz-Unger since he vanished Friday.

On Friday, a mysterious emergency call was placed from his phone in Honolulu.

His mother was worried sick.

“He always responds to everyone’s calls,” his mother, Isabel Ruiz-Unger, told CBS4.

Bryan Ruiz-Unger graduated from Gulliver in 2012. He was captain of the soccer team and a regional champ. He also spent two years at San Jose State.

Recently, he was staying with a friend In California and going to tryouts, according to his mother.

Prior to being found, his mother was concerned at all the possible scenarios her son could be in.

“The phone could have been stolen, his laptop too. He could have run into the wrong people. You never know,” his mother said.

It’s been the 22-year-old’s dream since he was a child to play professional soccer.

His mom said he tried out in Las Vegas recently and didn’t make the cut.

“It was a blow,” she conceded.

Bryan Ruiz-Unger’s brother, who lives in Washington State, and their father, a Miami pediatrician, are headed to Hawaii to bring him home.

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