A heartbreaking story this morning: conservative journalist Michelle Malkin’s young cousin, Marizela Perez, is missing in Seattle after leaving her Ranier Beach neighborhood on Saturday afternoon around noontime. Ms. Perez is an undergrad at Washington University undergrad and is believed to have been returning to the University campus. Marizela was last seen at a Safeway store near campus. If you have seen her or have information about her whereabouts, please use the contact information below or call any police department.
The Seattle PD says it has probable visual identification of Marizela boarding the Othello train near her home in the Rainier Beach area and commuting into the University District during the noon hour on Saturday. A Seattle PD detective from the missing persons bureau says there’s evidence that she was last seen Saturday afternoon at the Safeway in the city’s University District on 4732 Brooklyn Ave NE between 1-2pm. At some point during that time, purchases were made on her debit card.
The police say they “have no reason to suspect foul play” at this point. There are several reasons and grim evidence that cause the family to remain gravely concerned about Marizela’s safety, health, and well-being. As mentioned yesterday in the flyers the family is handing out, Marizela was taking anti-depressants and has been for some time. As my family gets on the ground to continue the search for Marizela, please continue to get the word out to anyone in the Seattle-area you know. Here’s the updated info on her last known location/time. If anyone saw or talked to her in the University District Saturday afternoon or has seen her since, please contact law enforcement ASAP
Date Missing: Saturday March 5, 2011; Last seen between 1-2 P.M.
Last Seen: Safeway in University District (4732 Brooklyn Ave NE Seattle, WA 98105)
Possible Routes: Sound Link Light Rail stations, downtown/Chinatown areas, UW Seattle campus, U-district
Description: Asian female, 5’5” tall, 110 lbs, skinny build, asymmetrical bob with short bangs and brown/red highlights hairstyle, tattoo on left inner arm with the words ‘lahat ay magiging maayos’, last seen wearing a dark jacket with hood, denim jeans, light brown suede laced boots, possibly wearing green eye contacts, possibly carrying a plaid backpack with a Macbook Pro laptop, taking medication for depression.
Please contact if you have any information regarding this person:
Jasmin: 609 – 742 – 2360
Edgar: 609 – 646 – 0905
Melinda: 206 – 760 – 1822
Joy: 609 – 742 – 2336
Relatives say they last saw Marizela Perez, 18, at about noon Saturday in the Rainier Beach neighborhood where she lives. She was heading to a library on the UW campus.
According to the student’s aunt and uncle, Lauro and Melinda Mendoza, a witness claims to have seen Perez at the Safeway on Brooklyn Avenue Northeast in the University District later that afternoon.
Perez’s father, Edgar Perez, from New Jersey, said he was flying to Seattle on Monday to help in the search.
“I can’t describe what my wife and I are experiencing,” Perez said. “When you see a person missing on TV you feel sadness. When that person is related to you … I can’t describe it.”
This is one of those nightmares most of us think about, but never have to confront. I’ve joined the many bloggers praying for her safe return. Read Michelle Malkin’s original report here. Visit this Facebook page for ongoing information. Contact the Seattle police through this link.