WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators are focusing their search for a missing mother of three on her red Chevrolet Impala, which was found abandoned in a church parking lot.
“We’re hoping that somebody saw something. Somebody walking from the car, somebody who parked the car,” said Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody. “At this point in time, don’t second guess. If you saw something, call us.”
Ana Marie Carrillo, 35, hasn’t been seen or heard from since around 8 a.m. Sunday. That’s when she left home to pick up her children from the home of their father, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend.
Investigators located her abandoned car later that day in the St. John Vianney church parking lot, less than than a mile from the ex-boyfriend’s home. The keys were still inside the vehicle.
Investigators have also searched the ex-boyfriend’s home for three consecutive days. A police crime lab vehicle was parked in the driveway Thursday.
On Wednesday, detectives searched the home of Carrillo’s ex-boyfriend’s father in Hudsonville. Detectives could be seen carrying computers and bags of evidence out of the house. However, the police chief cautioned the search should not lead to speculation.
Carmody said his officers only gets one chance at doing an investigation, so they are being thorough.
Meanwhile, family members and friends have papered the area with more than 2,500 fliers hoping to hear something.
Toya Carrillo says she misses her cousin and best friend.
“(She is) very funny, outgoing and very outspoken,” said Carrillo, describing her cousin. “She was very close with her kids; that’s why this situation is out the norm for her. She would never leave her kids, ever.”
Relatives are beginning to suspect the worst.
“We all feel like something is definitely wrong,” Toya Carrillo said. “She’s definitely out there somewhere and we’re not going to stop searching until we find her – until we bring her home.”
In a news release Thursday afternoon, the Wyoming Department of Public Safety said it has “committed a tremendous amount of investigative resources to the case,” leading to numerous interviews and searches. However, the agency said it wouldn’t be releasing additional information about the case at this time.
Anyone with information leading to Carrillo is encouraged to contact the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.