Figueroa family holds out hope as search continues for missing relative in East Village explosion

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EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) -- The search continued today at the blast site as firefighters and emergency crews took away massive amounts of rubble from the three buildings searching for any sign of two men who have been missing since Thursday.

Nicholas Figueroa, 23,  was there on a date and had just gotten up to pay his bill at a sushi restaurant on the 1st floor when the blast occurred. His family is still waiting on any word and any clue as to where he might be.

The family gathered at their home in East Harlem, including his three other brothers, feeling frustrated saying the city hasn't been as helpful with giving them updates on the search for their beloved family member. But they remain hopeful that any news they receive will be positive.

Figueroa was last seen wearing a long-sleeve grey shirt, blue jeans, brown boots and has a tattoo on his shoulder and collar bone of a dragon.

The family is asking if anyone has any information to please call the police.