To Our Wonderful Ace Family:

I am writing to update you on Ariel Espinal, our store manager, who has been missing since October 8, 2016.  We have been deeply touched by the outpouring of support for Ariel, our staff, and his family.  Unfortunately, we do not have any additional information about Ariel’s whereabouts which weighs heavily on all of our hearts.  We have been in frequent contact with the police and know that they are actively working the case, tracking down leads and making efforts to resolve the case.

I promise to keep all of you updated as soon as additional information becomes available.  We, as a staff, are trying to move forward.  That doesn’t mean that Ariel is being forgotten but that it is important for us to carry on amidst great loss.  This heartbreak has reminded us of the strength of our team as well as the caring community of customers that we serve.   And for that we are truly grateful.

Education is very important to Ariel and his partner, Irma, both of whom are enrolled in classes while working full-time.  To honor that we will be putting together a scholarship fund for Ariel’s 9 year old son, Julius and will keep you informed about ways that you can contribute.

Gratefully yours,

Annie