The Dallas Police Department has issued a plea for help from the public in locating Marisol Espinosa who was last seen leaving her apartment near 7700 Aurora Avenue at about 8 a.m. on December 29. She never arrived at work, leading coworkers and family members to become concerned. Espinosa is described as being Latin American, 34-years of age, weighing 125 pounds, and standing 5’5″ tall.
On January 1, Marisol Espinosa’s Tahoe SUV was found behind the Las Lomas Apartments located at 6161 Trail Glen Drive, near “Loop 12 and Pemberton Hill,” according to CBS. Her purse was said to have been found inside and the rear seats were said to have “appeared to have been ransacked.”
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The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the Dallas woman has led investigators to believe that she may be “in danger,” according to CBS. Family members searching for Espinosa were said to have “sobbed” when her vehicle was found.
The missing Dallas woman was said to live with her family about three miles from where her SUV was found, according to the Dallas News. The SUV was reported to have been towed away by police for analysis.
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Espinosa is said to be a mother of three and to be employed as a hairstylist with the Toni & Guy Salon, which is located at the NorthPark Center, according to WFAA.
“We’re not going to give up,” Marisol Espinosa’s aunt Monica Garza was reported to have stated “through tears.” “If anybody knows about her, please let her go. Because it hurts us so bad. It’s caused a lot of pain.”
Reportedly, “everyone” who was in Marisol Espinosa’s life found her disappearance to be out of character. She was described as a “responsible, loving, bubbly mom.”
Espinosa’s family has set up a Facebook page to help spread information. Searches have been conducted in the areas surrounding where the Tahoe SUV was found since January 1, and new searches appear to be organized for this morning at between 9 and 10 a.m.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started in an effort to raise a reward to offer for the safe return of Marisol Espinosa. The crowdfunding effort has raised close to $3,000 of its $10,000 goal. The Dallas Police have asked anyone with information about Espinosa to call the Missing Persons Unit at 214-671-4268.
Her car has been found so sum1 knowz sumthing….letz raise as much as we can…sum1 will want to collect and we wont…
Posted by Missing Person Marisol Espinosa on Saturday, January 2, 2016
Family of missing Dallas mom Marisol Espinosa searching through wooded area near where her abandoned SUV was found. pic.twitter.com/0OEMlMcNwX
— Brian New (@BrianNewCBS) January 2, 2016
The last person to see Marisol Espinosa was her boyfriend Faustino Valdez. The two are reported to have been in a “long-time” relationship. Marisol was reported to be living with the “father of her children” after her apartment burned down in a recent fire.
“The department has utilized several resources to try to help track down Ms. Espinosa and will continue to work diligently to help ensure the safe return of Ms. Espinosa to her family,” Debra Webb with the Dallas Police Missing Persons Unit was quoted.
The police spokeswoman described the case as being “actively” worked and the investigating officers as being in contact with family members every day since Marisol Espinosa went missing.
The Dallas Police Department routinely makes pleas to the public for assistance when reports of missing people are made. Many of the incidents appear to be resolved with the missing person being found and family members being reunited with their loved ones. However, sadly, this is not always the case. Dallas has a population near 1.3 million and was witness to 113 homicides in 2014, down almost 21 percent from 143 in 2013, with the murder rate said to be at an 85-year low, according to the Dallas News.
[Photo Courtesy of the Dallas Police Department]