Fil-Ams turn to social media in search for missing Pinay in Atlanta
Filipino-Americans in Atlanta are turning to Facebook to find leads for the disappearance of Cecilia Bustamante, a Filipina who has been missing for months already before authorities were informed about it last week.
Willy Blanco of the Filipino-American Association of Atlanta told WSB-TV 2 on Monday that they have asked the Atlanta Pinoy Facebook page's thousands of followers to share any information that would lead to Bustamante, who went missing on October 28.
"Just reach out to all of your friends out there. People in social media groups, anybody who may know anything about her. They don’t have to be Filipino, it can be people from work, from Willy’s Mexican restaurant. She may have confided in them," Blanco said.
In a report on December 21, WSB-TV 2 said friends called 911 around December 2 after Bustamante, 42, failed to show up for Thanksgiving.
Bustamante's husband, who was not identified in the report, refused to speak to the press and the police investigating her disappearance. He reportedly showed no concern for the whereabouts of his wife.
Chamblee police Capt. Ernesto Ford said, "He didn’t report her missing No. 1, and No. 2, when I interviewed him, he showed a total lack of concern for his wife and the mother of his child."
Ford told Fox 5 Atlanta that Bustamante may have "disappeared against her own free will" as she had "no money, no credit cards, no passport."
No charges have been laid against Bustamante's husband, now the sole caretaker of their seven-year-old son Alex.
“Something horrible has happened to Cecilia. I cannot imagine her walking away from Alex,” Mary Kemzura, a friend of Bustamante's, told Channel 2.
A WTOC report described the Filipina as 5'3" in height and weighing 120 lbs. She was last seen leaving her job on Peachtree Street, Atlanta around 11:40 on October 28. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News