Elkhart family pleading for answers 9 days after mother disappeared


An Elkhart family is pleading for answers nine days after a mother of two young girls disappeared.

Anastacia Reyes-Cortes, 39, was last seen shopping alone at a Kroger store last Tuesday morning.

Police say they do suspect foul play in this case after finding the woman's car in Wakarusa, heavily damaged by fire.

WSBT spent the day with Reyes-Cortes' family who say they haven't given up.

Members of the Hispanic community in Elkhart have organized massive search parties to look for her.

Even people who didn't know her say losing her would be like losing a member of the family.

Delia Vacquez says she doesn't know Anastacia or her family, but just talking about the missing woman nearly brings her to tears.

"It's part of the community, Anastacia. It's very important, she needs back soon," Vacquez said.

Vacquez organized several search parties, including one on Wednesday afternoon. She says more and more people are volunteering to help.

Anastacia's husband Reveriano spoke to us in Spanish, saying he and his little girls are hopeful police will find her.

The family's attorney, Felipe Merino, says Anastacia may be the latest case in an ongoing problem.

Several women have told him they've been harassed or followed while shopping or out running errands.

But they're scared to tell the police because of their immigration status.

"People have apprehensions, whether it's because of language barriers or their legal status," Merino said.

Elkhart police say they have no evidence of Hispanic women being targeted, but they're not ruling it out as a possibility.

Reveriano says he just wants his wife and his girls' mom home and safe again.

Friends of the family tell us Anastacia herself couldn't drive but she owned the Dodge Caravan that was found in Wakarusa.

They say it's common in their culture to ask neighbors or friends to take them from place to place, but they do not know who drove Anastacia last Tuesday.

Anyone with information should call the Elkhart Police Department at 574-295-7076.

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