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 this:
You try to eat, but all you can taste is indigestible fear.
You try to breathe, but all that fills your lungs is stifling uncertainty.
You try to sleep, but all that comes is fathomless fatigue.
Your heart is weighted with grief, but your soul refuses to mourn.
On Monday, we walked UW’s University District — passing out flyers, checking campus-area hotels and motels, and visiting the Safeway where she was last spotted.
Still no sign of Em-em after she walked out of the store Saturday afternoon.
Deepest thanks to all of you who have helped spread the word about her disappearance.
Seattle-area readers: Please, please, please continue to keep an eye out, especially if you live/work/walk/jog/shop in or around the University District.
The most updated flyer information being passed out by the family:
Name: Marizela Perez
Date Missing: Saturday March 5, 2011
Last Seen: 1-2 P.M. at the Safeway in University District
(4732 Brooklyn Ave NE Seattle, WA 98105) (this is CONFIRMED)
Possible Routes: Sound Link Light Rail stations, downtown/Chinatown areas, UW Seattle campus, U-district
Description – Asian female, 5’5” tall, 110 lbs, skinny build, asymmetrical bob with short bangs and brown/red highlights hairstyle, tattoo on left inner arm with the words ‘lahat ay magiging maayos’ (Tagalog, meaning ‘all will be well’), last seen wearing a dark hooded jacket, denim jeans, light brown suede laced boots, possibly wearing green eye contacts, possibly carrying a denim drawstring bag with rainbow butterfly screenprint (not the plaid backpack that was before mentioned) with a Macbook Pro laptop, taking medication for depression
Please contact if you have any information regarding this person:
Edgar: 609 – 646 – 0905
Jasmin: 609 – 742 – 2360
Mel: 206 – 760 – 1822
Joy: 609 – 742 – 2336
A few more photos:
One more: Here we are goofing around after baking chocolate chip cookies when she was 10 and I was pregnant with my son..indulging our mutual sweet-tooth cravings…
The search continues. Hope clings. Life hurtles forward, yet remains at a standstill.