The Coast Guard has suspended the search for BJ Aven. Aven went missing after venturing out to Salt Island at around 1am and not being able to swim back to shore. Authorities are still investigating what might have happened to the Texas native.
NBC Connecticut spoke with his mother on the phone in Texas Monday during the search for her son.
“Right now, I can't tell you what I'm going through,” Cindy Aven-Whittle said.
She received an unexpected call from police, who said he was missing. For Aven’s family, being thousands of miles away has been unbearable.
“If I had a million bucks, I would be right there. To just find out where he is, I would probably be screaming at the top of my lungs,” Aven-Whittle said.
Aven left his two kids behind and moved to Connecticut for a roofing job, she said.
“I don't know what to think, I don't want to believe this,” his mother said.