WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Detectives spent hours Tuesday at the home of the ex-boyfriend of a woman who has been missing since Sunday morning.
Ana Marie Carrillo, 35, was last seen around 8 a.m. Sunday when family members say she set out to pick up her children at her ex’s home in the 3700 block of Colby Ave. SW. The ex is the father of Carrillo’s three children, who are between 8 and 16 years old.
Carrillo was not reunited with her children that morning and family lost all contact with her. The car Carrillo had been driving was found abandoned at the St. John Vianney church parking lot a few blocks away from the ex’s home, near 40th Street and Clyde Park Avenue SW. The vehicle’s keys were reportedly found inside the vehicle.
“I just don’t know why anybody would want to do anything to her. (She’s a) good mom, good person, good daughter,” Ana Carrillo’s mother, Birdie, told 24 Hour News 8 in a tearful interview Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t get it.”
Wyoming Police said Tuesday evening that the ex had been cooperating with their investigation and was not being declared a suspect in Carrillo’s disappearance. 24 Hour News 8 has decided not to report his name at this time.
Initially late Tuesday afternoon, marked cruisers and a large crime scene investigation truck were stationed near the ex’s home, but shortly after 6 p.m. that changed.
Police requested that a 24 Hour News 8 crew leave the area with its equipment. Detectives said they feared the ex boyfriend might not cooperate with their investigation if he saw a marked news truck and camera crew present at the home. Police also moved their marked vehicles from the area.
Detectives said they were bringing the ex boyfriend to the scene to assist in their investigation.
Around 8 p.m., a man who appeared to be the ex-boyfriend was seen leaving the home on his own accord.
Detectives could be seen taking photos and appeared to be looking for evidence in and around the home. They also interviewed people who lived near the home.
At 11 p.m., a half dozen unmarked police detective vehicles remained at the scene.
Carrillo and the ex-boyfriend have a tumultuous past, court records show. The ex was twice charged with domestic violence against her — once in 2004 and again in 2014.
In the 2004 case, police said her ex-boyfriend left visible marks on Carrillo during an altercation rooted in a disagreement about one of their children.
“She stated that [the ex] became upset and started yelling at her. She stated that he then began punching her several times in the head which caused her to fall to the ground,” a Grand Rapids Police Department incident report said of what happened.
In 2014, the ex was again charged with domestic violence and accused of assaulting Carrillo. In that incident he was also accused of stopping one of his children from calling 911 for help.
“Victim states she was punched about 15 times and held in a head lock,” a Wyoming Police officer wrote in a court affidavit. “Victim had noticeable injuries.”
Police reported that the pair’s three children witnessed the assault and identified their father as “the aggressor.”
The ex filed for a personal protection order against Carrillo in 2016 but a judge turned down his request to put it into effect without a hearing. The judge determined that there was no immediate threat. The PPO was never issued.
Carrillo’s mother tells 24 Hour News 8 she has hope they will find Ana alive, but fears something terrible has happened.
“In my heart, yes I do. She would not take off, especially without her babies. She would not do that,” said Birdie Carrillo.
Tuesday, relatives handed out flyers about Carrillo, hoping a tip would lead them to the mother.
Carrillo is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. She has brown hair and eyes. She was last seen wearing a white Aeropostale sweater, gray sweatpants and white shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
“Even if you know something and you don’t think it’s important, every little thing counts,” Birdie Carrillo said through tears. “Every little piece of information could bring her back home to us.”