The Perez family has a new independent family tip line for citizens who may have information leading to Marizela's return.
The number is 1-855-MARIZEL. Anonymity is guaranteed. Please spread the word.
Many thanks to Ned Cullen and the generous folks at ClearChannel Outdoor for their help in posting digital billboards across the country about Marizela's disappearance. The alert will be broadcast in Los Angeles, the Seattle area, Salem OR, San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix, and Las Vegas:
Help us bring Marizela home.
Marizela's friend Brianna Price went to school with her in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Brianna teamed up with Elizabeth (Beth) Janansky and Lydia Chong to make and sell bracelets to support the search for Marizela. They are orange "for Marizela's favorite color" and include the Tagalog phrase from her tattoo -- "lahat ay magiging maayos." ("All will be well" or "Everything's going to be okay.")
You can order bracelets for $5 each (all proceeds go to Marizela’s family for the search) from Brianna.
E-mail her at dragunsangel-@-aol.com and put “MARIZELA” in the subject line.
Brianna writes that Marizela's South Jersey friends will also be holding a fund-raising event on April 8 at Egg Harbor Township High School's lower cafeteria where the bracelets will be sold:
"I am working alongside the Egg Harbor Township High School's Drama Club/Thespians Honor Society, Key Club, Art Club, Latin Club, Choir, Dance, and many teachers and graduates to put together a Coffee House performance night. This event is on Friday, April 8th. Doors open at 7:30. Admission is $5.00 and we will be selling wristbands there as well. The link to the event page on facebook is http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=306349&id=613401648&saved#!/event.php?eid=203738876322949."
"Hope is patience with the lamp lit."
No new leads or developments to report on Day 18 since Marizela went missing.
The family has hired a private investigator who is working tirelessly.
Your continued prayers, support, and activism online and on the ground are deeply, deeply appreciated.
Marizela's dad, Edgar, gives an update from Det. Eng of the Seattle Police Department Missing Persons Bureau:
"Per AOL, Emem has been logged-on since March 9 using her cell phone and never logged off. She never sent out any messages either."
Thank you all for your continued prayers, support, and volunteer efforts. Please keep up the search for Marizela!
From the Seattle Times:
A University of Washington student who has been missing since March 5 may have signed on to her online AOL account Wednesday night, according to her father.
Edgar Perez said his daughter Marizela Perez or someone using her account, logged into her AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service.
Relatives in Connecticut noticed that her AIM icon was lit up on a friends list, indicating the account was online.
"They saw she's online," Edgar Perez said. "We're not sure it's her or someone else logged on. Hopefully she's sending messages to friends. Hopefully she's the one who logged on."
Perez was carrying her laptop when she disappeared.
The information has been passed on to the Seattle detective who is investigating her disappearance.
PARENTS OF MISSING UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON STUDENT MARIZELA PEREZ
March 12, 2011
Contact: Edgar Perez, 609 – 646 – 0905
First, we would like to extend our deepest thanks to all of the citizens in Seattle and across the country who have spread the word about our daughter’s disappearance on Saturday, March 5, in the University District.
We would like to thank Seattle law enforcement and the University of Washington staff, students, administration, and campus police for their ongoing support and assistance at this difficult time.
And we would like to thank all the local media outlets that have covered Marizela’s case with vigilance, compassion and sensitivity.
We remain hopeful and we will not rest until we find Marizela.
As the police investigation continues, we are releasing today video clips of surveillance video from the University District Safeway on 4732 Brooklyn Ave NE Seattle where Marizela was last seen on Saturday, March 5.
She was wearing a dark jacket with hood over a light-colored sweater with hood, denim jeans, light brown suede laced boots, possibly wearing green eye contacts, carrying a denim drawstring backpack with rainbow butterfly screen print.
We are asking for anyone who may have seen Marizela after she exited the Safeway sometime in the 2pm hour on Saturday, March 5, to please contact SPD immediately.
As our family has mentioned in flyers all week, Marizela is taking anti-depressants. We are concerned about Marizela’s safety, health, and well-being. She is in a vulnerable state of mind and it is urgent that we find her and bring her home safely as soon as possible.
This has been a heart-wrenching time for us and for all of Marizela’s friends, family, and supporters. We appreciate the public’s continued thoughts, prayers, and help in locating Marizela.
-- Edgar and Jasmin Perez