Police search for missing youth basketball coach in Florida

Florida police are searching for a missing man who friends say was last seen running three days ago.

Makuach Yak, 31, a Delray Beach youth basketball coach, was supposed to coach on Saturday but was nowhere to be found, his friend and business partner told ABC West Palm Beach affiliate WPBF.

“He’s very responsible,” his friend, Tate VanRoekel, told the station. “If he says he’s going to do something, he’ll do it.”

A missing person flyer for Makuach Yak.


Home security footage shared with WPBF recorded Yak in his front yard around 6:30 a.m. Saturday in a purple shirt and black shorts, the station reported.

VanRoekel told WPBF that Yak’s wallet, keys, cellphone and Apple Watch were “all on the counter, just sitting there.”

The Delray Beach Police Department said in a missing person’s social media post that Yak drove away from his Delray Beach home on Saturday and was “most likely wearing workout gear.”

In the days following his disappearance, friends knocked on doors and organized searches for Yak all over Delray Beach, a town on Florida’s east coast between West Palm Beach and Boca Raton.

“I looked in the alleys,” VanRoekel told WPBF. “I searched under bridges, in wooded areas, abandoned houses, anything, anywhere.”

PHOTO: Makuach Yak is seen in an undated photo released by police.

Makuach Yak is seen in an undated photo released by police.

Delray Beach Police Department

Yak’s cousin, Diew Malou, was also involved in the search efforts, WPBF reported.

“We’re just trying to make sure he’s safe,” Malou told WPBF.

“We just miss him,” added Malou. “If we can find where he is, if anyone can help us, that would be great.”

A police spokesperson told ABC News on Tuesday evening that there was no update on the case and that Yak, from South Sudan, remains missing.

“We urge the public to call us if they see anyone matching their description,” Delray Beach police spokesman Ted White said.

Police said Yak is approximately 6-foot-4 and weighs 165 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call the Delray Beach Police Department at 561-243-7800.

ABC News

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