On Saturday, April 27, Adam Camarato had plans.
He was supposed to pick up his two children in Eliot, Maine, for a baseball game.
But that morning, texts to his phone were returned with an auto reply saying his phone was off and he couldn’t receive any messages.
Unable to reach him, his ex-wife, Kylie McIntire, contacted Camarato’s older sister, Jamie Fultz, asking if she had heard from him.
“I tried him myself and then it went right to voicemail,” Fultz told Boston.com. “I called my grandparents, who he lives with, they hadn’t seen him. None of the rest of our family had seen him. So at that point we kind of knew something was wrong. He routinely has his kids every weekend, so we knew that he wouldn’t just disappear when he’s supposed to have his kids.”
She reached out to the 32-year-old’s friends, asking if anyone had seen or heard from him.
The response from everyone was the same — the last they’d seen was a Snapchat that he’d sent out just after midnight.
“That’s the last that anybody had heard from him,” Fultz said.
Camarato, who lives in Eliot, Maine, was last seen in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on April 27 around 12:45 a.m., according to police. Fultz said he was at the Clipper Tavern with a friend that night.
“He left the bar by himself and just hasn’t been seen since,” she said Tuesday. “We don’t have any traces of him at all. There has been nothing of his that has turned up anywhere.”
Fultz said there’s never been a situation like this before with Camarato where he has been out of touch. They’re a close-knit family. She, McIntire, and Camarato live within a half mile of each other in Eliot.
“Nobody ever would have expected something like this to happen,” she said.
Camarato’s family initially reported him as missing to police in Eliot, but, on Sunday, April 28, they went to Portsmouth police, which took over and began the official investigation into his disappearance.
In the weeks since, Fultz has started a Facebook page with the hope of spreading information about her brother and she organized a candlelight vigil on Peirce Island, a spot close to where he was last seen. More than 100 people attended and shared stories about the father-of-two.
“It was basically just for all of us to get together, just to show Adam that we’re all here, that we’re still looking,” she said of the gathering. “We’re not going to give up.”
Attendees placed carnations in the water with messages for Camarato, hoping they would “reach him,” Fultz said.
“No matter what the situation is we want him to come home,” she said. “We need to know that he’s out there and that he’s safe. And no matter what the situation is, we just want him back. No matter what it could be, we just want him back. We’re all here for him. We love him very much, we miss him. We are doing everything that we can to try to bring him home and anything that we can do we’re going to be there for him.”
Fultz said the number of people who showed up points to the kind of person her brother is. Many knew him from his time working at Market Basket, she said. Camarato started working at the grocery store when he was a teen and worked there for 15 years.
“A lot of people knew him from there,” she said. “But he’s such a kind person, he’s always there to offer help or to make sure you’re OK, to see if there’s anything he can do for anybody. I think that’s been the major factor of why everyone’s so willing to try and help us to find him is because he was always there to help you.”
A friend of Camarato’s is making T-shirts to try and raise some funds for his children while he is missing.
“Their mom, she’s trying to do everything by herself right now,” Fultz said. “So we’re just trying to help them out a little right now, so she’s not struggling so much for trying to get daily things for the boys that they need.”
About four or five days after he went missing, Fultz sat down with her two youngest children, McIntire, and Camarato’s two sons, 8-year-old Eben and 6-year-old Rylan, to explain what was happening.
They explained that Camarato is missing, that they don’t know where he is, but that “everyone” is looking for him.
“There’s been a lot of questions from them still — every day,” Fultz said. “But we light our candles every day next to his picture and just keep hoping that we’re going to get some sort of news.”
Fultz and her family are out “looking every day” for Camarato, reaching out on social media, spreading the word about him being missing, asking people to keep an eye out for him, and scanning the streets themselves.
“Every time we leave the house, we’re looking around [at] people walking down the street,” she said. “Or you pass a body of water and you’re looking at the shoreline or out in the water — who knows where he could be — we have no clue.”
Anyone with information, no matter how small the detail, she pleaded, should contact Portsmouth police.
Fultz said she and her family have faith that Camarato is OK and that he will be found.
“We’re never going to give up that hope,” she said.