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I still remember the moment like it was yesterday when my family contacted me in a panic to let me know that my cousin and goddaughter, Marizela "EmEm" Perez, had gone missing. It's the text you get in the middle of the night that doesn't seem real. That was nine years ago today when EmEm... Read More
Eight years ago today, my cousin Marizela ("Em Em") Perez disappeared from her college campus at the University of Washington in Seattle. I am sad to report that there is still no news on her whereabouts. Last summer, I finally received some documents in reply to a public records request about her case. But nothing... Read More
Longtime readers may remember that on this day seven years ago, my cousin Marizela ("Em Em) Perez went missing near her college campus at the University of Washington in Seattle. The shock and horror never wear off. The investigation is at a standstill. But our Find Marizela website is still up. Someone somewhere might remember... Read More
It is hard to fathom that five years have passed since my cousin Marizela disappeared from the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Thanks to all who have prayed and asked about her and her family. The heart-wrenching news is that there continues to be no news. We continue to maintain the Find Marizela website... Read More
Four years ago today, my cousin Marizela Perez — “Emem” or “Mei” to her loved ones — walked out of a Safeway grocery store on the University of Washington campus in Seattle on March 5, 2011 and hasn’t been seen since. She and her parents, Edgar and Jasmin, are in my thoughts and prayers every... Read More
Today is Ash Wednesday. It's the beginning of the Lenten season, when Catholics decide to give something up during this annual period of self-examination and self-denial. Today, however, is a day for me to talk about the things I will not give up on. It's the three-year anniversary of the disappearance of my cousin Marizela... Read More
Exactly two years ago, my 18-year-old cousin Marizela (known affectionately to her family and friends as "Emem" or "Mei") Perez disappeared from the University of Washington campus in Seattle. She is still missing. We have no news to report, no breakthroughs, no contact, no cell phone/Internet activity, no word from the police. Please continue to... Read More
Exactly one year ago today, my 18-year-old cousin Marizela (known affectionately to her family and friends as "Emem" or "Mei") Perez disappeared from the University of Washington campus in Seattle. She is still missing. Those words form on the computer screen with disembodied disbelief. But my heart is screaming: SHE IS STILL MISSING. WHY, DEAR... Read More
Since I last reported to you, there still have been no new developments in the case of my missing cousin, Marizela Perez. No news from the police or the medical examiner's office. No activity on her bank accounts or social media accounts. I reached out to Google's legal department for help and advice last month... Read More
I've been taking time off this week and visiting with loved ones on the East Coast. Though it's been a hellish year, we still have so much to be grateful for -- and my column this week is dedicated to many of the wonderful people who have helped in the ongoing search for my missing... Read More
Update: 7:57pm Eastern...Just received word...no match between Marizela's records and the unidentified remains in Morton...questions about bureaucratic lapses still unresolved...see more below This is a sketch released by Lewis County, Washington authorities last week. It is a reconstruction of the facial features of skeletal human remains found on a logging road in April outside of... Read More
Marizela is still missing. Never did I think back in March that I would be typing that now. She disappeared from the University of Washington campus area in Seattle at the age of 18 exactly seven months ago today. Spring and summer came and went, along with Marizela's 19th birthday. Autumn is now upon us.... Read More
Deepest thanks to all the readers and viewers who continue to offer prayers and support as my family continues to work to bring my cousin Marizela home. She disappeared from the University of Washington campus area in Seattle exactly six months ago today. Her parents have heard absolutely nothing new from the Seattle Police Department... Read More
Five months ago today, my 18-year-old cousin Marizela Perez vanished from the University District in Seattle near the campus of the University of Washington, where she was a freshman. The police have made no new progress in her missing persons case. Since I last updated you in July, we've had no new leads or breaks... Read More
In April, I mentioned missing Renton, WA teen Kathy Chou, who disappeared more than a year ago. Today, I received news that Renton police have made an arrest in the case. Via the Seattle Times: The Times's Christine Clarridge mentioned Kathy's case in her May profile of Marizela's disappearance here. Our hearts and prayers go... Read More
Four months ago today, my cousin Marizela Perez disappeared from the University District in Seattle, Washington. I am devastated to tell you once again that there are no new leads or breaks in the case. Her parents have exhausted their work leave and have had to return to the East Coast. The family is weighing... Read More
Andrew Lawton, a Canadian conservative blogger and radio host on whose show I've had the pleasure and honor to appear, suffered a life-threatening medical emergency last December. Today, he courageously discloses the full story behind his health scare: He had attempted to take his life through an intentional drug overdose. Family and faith lifted him... Read More
I know from our family experience how important spreading the word about a missing person is in the immediate hours and days after a loved one goes missing. In Washington, D.C., 24-year-old Matt Hill -- a Campus Outreach director at George Washington University -- disappeared on Tuesday. His family and friends are trying to get... Read More
Scroll down for updates...King County Superior Court has closed out our records request as of today... There's a lot that's been going on behind the scenes over the past two months since my cousin Marizela Perez disappeared from the University District in Seattle on March 5, 2011. As I mentioned last week, we gathered in... Read More
Please read the University of Washington student daily newspaper's feature today about Marizela. I was in Seattle on Sunday, Mother's Day, with Marizela's parents, friends, families, and supporters for a moving benefit/concert/fundraiser. Watch a video overview of the event: Marizela Benefit from Photo Editor on Vimeo. Please continue to keep Marizela and her mom and... Read More
Marizela Perez turns 19 today. Happy Birthday, Emem! As you know, my beloved cousin has been missing nearly two months. Her parents, family, and friends continue to search Seattle and beyond. Strangers near and far are working on the case. Praying. Hoping. Pushing. But there have been no new leads since the last time I... Read More
There has been much going on behind the scenes and I'll have more to say when there's more to say, but to answer some of the local media who have contacted me this morning: Yes, in response to a local Seattle-area blog post yesterday, we are searching more parks and other locations for Marizela with... Read More
It's been more than a month, but my family hasn't given up hope and hasn't stopped looking for my missing cousin, Marizela Perez. Many volunteers across the country have joined us in this search. We can't thank them enough for their dedication, energy, generosity, expertise, and commitment to finding Marizela. America's Most Wanted, John Walsh's... Read More
Friends of my missing cousin Marizela Perez are holding a coffehouse/fundraiser for her at her hometown high school, Egg Harbor Township HS in EHT, NJ tonight. If you can make it out to support the family and the private search efforts for Marizela, please join them! I'll be there in spirit and I know so... Read More
On March 5, 2011, one month ago, my 18-year-old cousin Marizela ("Emem" to her family, "Mei" to her friends) vanished after walking out of a Safeway grocery store in Seattle's University District. This is one of the many ClearChannel Outdoor billboards across the West Coast that's featuring Marizela and our family tip line for information... Read More
Our family has a new independent tip line for citizens who may have information leading to Marizela's return. The number is 1-855-MARIZEL. Anonymity is guaranteed. Please spread the word. Many thanks to Ned Cullen and the generous folks at ClearChannel Outdoor for their help in posting digital billboards across the country about Marizela's disappearance. The... Read More
It has now been 23 days since my cousin, 18-year-old University of Washington student Marizela Perez, disappeared in the Seattle area. I wish I could tell you good news. We have had a private investigator on the case the past week. Several leads have been followed. But Marizela is still missing. Our hearts ache for... Read More
For those of you who may not have been following my blog the past 18 days and who just watched my segment on Hannity tonight regarding my missing cousin Marizela Perez, please see my archive here for all the background information and be sure to visit: www.findmarizela.com ...for all the latest. Thank you so much... Read More
Readers, we can't thank you enough for your support of our family's search for Marizela Perez. It has now been 16 days since she disappeared from the University District on the afternoon of Saturday, March 5. Remember: You can find all the background information and latest updates at www.findmarizela.com, her Facebook missing persons alert page... Read More
Our friend and tech guru Ed Burns has helped create a stand-alone website for my missing cousin, Marizela Perez. You can find videos, pictures, background stories, and links at: www.findmarizela.com Still working on a Paypal link for donations to help the family defray the costs of the search for Marizela. Will let you know as... Read More
Seattle-area media are helping spread the word about the new videos we posted yesterday of missing UW student Marizela Perez. Marizela's dad, Edgar, who is my first cousin, talked to local Fox affiliate KCPQ about the search for Emem last night:   There is now a donation fund to help the family defray the costs... Read More
We spent the weekend on the ground in Seattle, looking for any signs of our missing 18-year-old University of Washington student Marizela Perez. Family, friends, supporters, student and church volunteers, Facebook users, blog readers, and kind strangers met us on Saturday in the parking lot at the Safeway in the University District where Marizela was... Read More
(Download here in PDF form.) This is probably one of the most difficult things my family has ever undertaken. It has been an overwhelming week and we need help. Tomorrow, Saturday March 12, our family will be joining from all over the country to look for missing 18-year-old UW student Marizela Perez. The full search... Read More
These are screen shots from surveillance video taken at the Safeway in the University District where missing University of Washington student Marizela Perez was last seen on Saturday afternoon, March 5, at around 2:20pm Pacific Time: Once again, a plea to Seattle-area readers: Please, please, please continue to keep an eye out, especially if you... Read More
Dear readers, Apologies for my absence. I'll be getting back up to speed today, but it is hard to function with dread coursing through your veins. Spread across the country, the family and friends of Marizela Perez -- missing in Seattle since Saturday and last seen at the University District Safeway -- are going through... Read More
SEATTLE -- The photo above from Marizela's friends/family shows the tattoo on her left inner arm that reads "lahat ay magiging maayos" -- a Tagalog saying for "all will be well." Thanks so much to all of you for your prayers and for helping to spread the word across the Internet. Thanks to many friends/contacts... Read More
Attention, Seattle-area friends/readers: A personal plea for help.
I just got off the phone with my family. This is my beautiful cousin, Marizela Perez: She is a University of Washington undergrad and she has been missing since Saturday afternoon, when she left the Rainier Beach neighborhood headed to the UW Seattle campus. Her parents have been trying to reach her all weekend; she... Read More
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