All last week, family and private search team members pounded parks and pavement in Seattle again for any clues about Marizela's disappearance. This week, the ground searches have broadened beyond Seattle -- and we continue to ask for your help in spreading the word about Marizela far and wide.
We'd like to thank Melanie Helmick of K-9 Kampus, Michael Lueck, Steve Yerger of K9 Centurion, Don and Austin Davidson, Rebekah Yerger, Mary Haislet, Shannon Kiley, Melissa Ellis, Greg Turner, and Seattle Parks and Rec staffers Sandy Demerit and Laura Nepler for their time, energy, and commitment to finding Marizela.
Last week's ground searches yielded no new clues, but private investigative efforts have not stopped and will not stop until Marizela is found and reunited with all those who love her.
Reminder: The benefit open mic concert for Marizela at the University of Washington is May 8. Details here!
Reminder: Marizela bracelets can still be ordered. Details here.
"Lahat ay magiging maayos:" All will be well.
In response to media inquiries this morning about the family's continuing searches for Marizela, see here.
For Seattle-area supporters, please see the new Facebook page for a benefit concert on May 8 organized by Marizela's friends and family.
And thanks again to America's Most Wanted for continuing to spotlight Marizela's case.
America's Most Wanted, the widely watched and acclaimed Fox television series that has helped solve countless cases over the years, is highlighting Marizela's disappearance on its website.
Go here for the feature story.
Many thanks to the AMW staff for giving Marizela's story national attention and spreading the word.
Keep your eyes and ears open and your prayers up! Thank you!
From Shore News Today:
The friends of Marizela Perez – a 2010 graduate of Egg Harbor Township High School currently missing in Seattle, Wash. – have organized a benefit to raise money to find her. The coffee house event is from 8 to 10 p.m. this Friday, April 8 in the cafeteria at Egg Harbor Township High School. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5.
“A bunch of clubs are joining to help put this together, and all of the profits are going to her family, who’s trying to pay for a private investigator,” said Elizabeth Janansky, a friend of Marizela’s and also a 2010 graduate of the high school. “There’s going to be food for sale to raise money, too.”
The benefit will also feature an art sale, a fitting fundraiser considering Perez’s interest in art.
Light a candle.
Say a prayer.
Wear her bracelet.
Reach out to someone in need.
Hold your family tight.
Keep Marizela in your hearts and minds.
We WILL find her.
Please keep Marizela and her parents in your prayers as we continue to do all we can to find her and bring her home.
Reminder for Marizela's friends and family on the East Coast: The April 8 fundraiser will be at Egg Harbor Township High School's lower cafeteria. 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.