Family holds out hope for missing Hamilton man

HAMILTON, Ohio - Family and friends of a missing Hamilton man are not giving up hope that their loved one will be found alive.

It's been one year since Billy DiSilvestro went missing. DiSilvestro was last seen at a friend's home on the 200 block of Ross Avenue in Hamilton.

Since the day he went missing, DiSilvestro's mother has struggled to live without him.

"Your whole life is consumed looking for him," said Debbie Estes, DiSilvestro's mother.

Supporters gathered at Columbia Lanes in Hamilton Tuesday night to hold a vigil in DiSilvestro's honor.

"There are a lot of good people left in the world, it's just when things go bad is when you find them," said Marquetta Shannon, an organizer of the event.

The search for DiSilvestro recently got a boost when Lamar Advertising donated ad time on a billboard at Bypass 4 and Ohio 129. 

Estes hopes drivers will keep her son in mind when they drive past the billboard.

"My drives ain't no sunny fun drives like people that go look in the countryside, mine are consumed, this might be a place I can go look for my son," Estes said.

A fundraiser to help in the search effort will be held Saturday at Columbia Lanes in Hamilton. The event starts at 3 p.m. and costs $20.

The family of DiSilvestro is also offering a $5,000 reward for information on where he can be found.

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

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