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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Investigators in Dallas want to know if a house fire is connected to the disappearance of a mother of three. Dallas police are now taking a look at what happened to the home of Marisol Espinosa, weeks before she went missing.
Members of Espinosa’s family say police found several suspicious items that they will investigate further, but there has been no word about what those items may be. Now, family members are left wondering what, if anything, the items have to do with her disappearance.
Investigators initially ruled the December 12 fire accidental. It started just outside Espinosa’s bedroom, right where the electrical box is located.
After the fire, Espinosa, her mother, grandmother and children all moved into a home belonging to her ex-boyfriend. The family describes the relationship as “rocky,” but say the two had been friendly over the last year for the sake of their children.
Espinosa, 34, hasn’t been seen since the morning of December 29 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 SUV was found abandoned at an apartment complex in the Pleasant Grove area. The doors were locked and her purse and belongings were still inside.
With no sign of the missing woman and no family, friends or co-workers being able to reach her, it was Espinosa’s mother who went to police. She said she told them about the fire and wondered aloud if there was more to it.
Espinosa’s aunt, Veronica Walls, says the timing is suspicious, with her niece disappearing a little more than two weeks after the house fire. “It was my sister who started thinking, ‘Why?’ It was too much of a coincidence.”
Dallas police have not named any suspects in the case and are still treating it as an endangered missing person situation.
Officials are asking for help from the public to help find Espinosa. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dallas Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at 214-671-4268.
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