The disappearance of Jolissa Fuentes: Search for missing California woman ends
Update: The search for missing California woman Jolissa Fuentes has come to a sad end. Selma Police Chief Rudy Alcaraz who was leading the investigation into Fuentes’ disappearance personally found the crash site where she was found dead inside her crashed car at the bottom of a cliff in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
“I just got lucky in finding the location where her car went off the road,” Alcaraz said in a news conference Tuesday, October 11. After stopping his patrol car near a curve in the road, he saw tire tracks in the dry brush, reports CNN.
SELMA, CALIFORNIA: As many as 42 days have passed since Selma woman Jolissa Fuentes disappeared. Despite search efforts by the police and a dive team, the young woman remains missing. Fuentes, 22, was last seen on surveillance footage at a Selma, California, gas station around 4 am on August 7, about 16 miles south of Fresno. Nobody has heard from her since then and her worried mother, Norma Nunez, has been praying for her daughter's safe return. Fuentes disappeared while she was out getting snacks. Police have said that the case is being treated as a criminal investigation.
Fuentes' family has now taken matters into their own hands. Unsatisfied with the police's response, they have hired a private investigator, The Sun reported. The reward for information about her whereabouts has been raised to $15,000.
"I think Jolissa's disappearance is out of the ordinary and there is suspicious activity," Fuentes' mother, Norma Nunez, previously told MEAWW. "Someone surely did something to her and people know something." She added, "We are still doing search operations and we will not stop until our baby is home, we go out every day and look for our baby."
In recent Facebook posts, Nunez has called for her beloved daughter's safe return. "Day 42: My dear baby girl, I’m missing you so much, my heart can’t fantom this pain. I miss you I know you can feel us Lissy, will never stop Jolissa, I know your in there fighting too because your so strong and brave baby today I pray for a breakthrough, that someone comes forth and says something, I know someone knows something, please we’re pleading, give us answers, we need our baby home. I love you Lissy #bringjolissahomesafe," one of her posts reads.
Another reads, "Night 42: goodnight my Lissy, I love you wherever you are I know your faith is strong. We will find you baby, that I know. I hope that whoever has you has a change of heart, that they feel so trapped they let you go. Baby tonight I pray for your strength and your faith to not derail, I love you my daughter see you in my dreams."
Nunez has also set up a GoFundMe to help in the search for Fuentes. "First off thank you Jesus for your loving grace, this is my daughter Jolissa Fuentes who went missing since Sunday August 7, 2022. We are lost without her, we are asking for the public’s help to fund the efforts in the search for my Jolissa. Anything that God puts in your heart is appreciated. Please help bring my baby girl home back to us," the page reads. At the time this article was written, $7,555 had been raised out of the $10,000 goal.