STATEMENT FROM EDGAR AND JASMIN PEREZ

PARENTS OF MISSING UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON STUDENT MARIZELA PEREZ

Seattle, Wash.
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