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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s been nearly a week and there’s no sign of a mother missing from Dallas. Police have now joined the search for Marisol Espinosa.
Officials say they’ve been working around the clock and are following several leads in the case. The 34-year-old Espinosa was last seen Tuesday as she headed to her job at the Toni & Guy hair salon in the NorthPark Center shopping mall. She never arrived.
Three days after her disappearance, Espinosa’s Chevy Tahoe was found abandoned at the Las Lomas Apartments in the Pleasant Grove area. The doors on the SUV were locked and her purse and belongings were still inside.
Family and friends held a candlelight vigil for the mother of four on Sunday night. They say they’re relying on prayers to help them stay strong.
♦♦♦ MARISOL ESPINOSA GOFUNDME ♦♦♦
Espinosa’s boyfriend, Faustino Valdez, said the situation is simply frightening. “Not waking up beside her, it feels like a dream. [But it’s] not a dream, [it’s] a nightmare that I want to wake up from,” he said. “Our family is real, you know just like real, tensed up right now. We’re not getting any answers to any of our questions.”
Police aren’t the only ones getting tips on this case. Espinosa’s family has received several tips on Facebook and Twitter. They say many of the leads have been from anonymous people, telling them where to search. However, not all of those tips have been truthful.
For now, Espinosa’s mother is just glad to have assistance with their search. “We finally got some police officers out to help us,” Rosemary Espinosa explained. “We’re not going to give up. We’re going to keep going everyday to look for her. She’s going to come home.”
Family members say they will pick up the search for Espinosa again at about 3:00 p.m. on Monday.
“She’s human and I’m human, so just a human reaction — want to help out,” said Frances Rodriguez, who has volunteered to help in the search. “She’s missing. She has kids. I’m a mother. So, just want to help out.”
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