Police fear foul play in case of missing Pinay in Atlanta
Atlanta police have yet to locate a Filipina who has been missing since October last year despite help from the Filipino-American community, and are starting to consider foul play in the case.
A report on Fox 5 Atlanta said members of Chamblee's Filipino community passed out fliers for Cecilia Bustamante, 42, on Tuesday, seven months after she was last seen on October 28.
Pia Valeriano of the Filipino American Association, told Fox 5 that as Bustamante's "kababayan," it was their duty to reach out to find the mother whose safety they prayed for in front of her Meadow Wood Lane home on Tuesday.
Willie Blanco, another member of the Filipino American Association, said authorities "are following up several leads that may lead to something else."
The Filipino American Association even hired a new private investigator named Eric Echols to help Chamberlee police in their search for Bustamante.
While they initially ruled Bustamante's disappearance as voluntary as she had "no money, no credit cards, and no passport," police now fear that there is foul play involved.
Bustamante's husband and seven-year-old son were not in attendance during the candlelight vigil.
A WTOC report described the Filipina as 5'3" in height and weighing 120 lbs. It also said Bustamante was last seen leaving work "frantically."
The WTOC report also quoted Bustamante's husband as telling authorities that he and the Filipina have already parted ways prior to her disappearance. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News