Police: Searches fruitless in missing mom case

Ana Carrillo, mother of three, has not been seen or heard from since Sept. 3

An undated courtesy photo of Ana Marie Carrillo. (Wyoming Department of Public Safety)


WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand River in Walker was one of several places authorities searched Thursday for any sign of a missing mother of three, but they didn’t find anything to give them a break in the case.

It’s been more than two weeks since 35-year-old Ana Marie Carrillo was last seen or heard from by her loved ones. Authorities suspect foul play in the case.

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A Sept. 7, 2017 photo shows the missing person flyer posted for Ana Carrillo.

“Obviously, we would like to bring Ana home,” Wyoming Department of Public Safety Capt. Kim Koster said Thursday. “We’re two and a half weeks in, so we believe that there may not be the greatest conclusion to this case but as always, we’re going to do all we can.”

Officers could be seen combing the Grand River near 28th Street and Wilson Avenue as a helicopter circled overhead. Police confirmed that search was related to the Carrillo case.

Carrillo’s family, who headed to the scene after hearing of the activity, said they previously searched the same area and found no trace of her. They said they were not informed why police were focusing on that specific area Thursday.

In a news release earlier, Wyoming DPS said officers were looking for evidence related to Carrillo’s disappearance at several locations throughout Kent County, but did not release additional details. Police said the searches would be extensive and include K-9s, helicopters, watercraft and other agencies.

Authorities search the Grand River in Walker for evidence leading to Ana Marie Carrillo. (Sept. 21, 2017)

“Very anxious, a bunch of things going through our minds. And we just want to hopefully bring Ana home and hopefully they got something,” Ruben Martinez, who is married to Carrillo’s cousin, said.

But they didn’t. Police told 24 Hour News 8 the search did not yield anything new in the case.

On Sept. 3, Carrillo left her Wyoming home to pick up her children at their father’s home on Colby Street SW in Wyoming. Her car was found less than a mile away from his home, in the parking lot for St. John Vianney Church later that evening, according to police.

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Left to right: Sept. 11, 2017 mug shots of Andrew Hudson and his father, Lyle Hudson. (Kent County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities say the father of Carrillo’s children, 38-year-old Andrew Hudson, is a suspect in her disappearance. Andrew Hudson and his father, Lyle Hudson, are both charged with perjury in connection to the investigation.

Carrillo’s family members continue to hope for answers.

“Just to know what happened instead of never seeing her again, it will bring closure to the kids, … and that’s something that we can put in God’s hands,” Martinez, Carrillo’s relative, said. “We just keep praying. That’s all we can do.”

Anyone with information about where Carrillo may be is encouraged to contact the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

–24 Hour News 8’s Sarah Hurwitz contributed to this report.