'He’s gonna kill me': Mother goes missing a day after she texted friends saying she feared for her life
Erin Vandewiele, who had recently moved to Denver from Wisconsin with her boyfriend Joseph Mayor, has not been heard from since July 23
The desperate family of a 40-year-old woman who has been missing since July this year is now asking the public to help them find her after she sent them messages that suggested her life was in grave danger shortly before she disappeared.
According to a GoFundMe page that was launched by her sister Mandi Strenke, Erin Vandewiele had not been seen since July 23. According to what Strenke told the local TV station, her sister had recently moved to Denver from Wisconsin with her boyfriend Joseph Mayor. The sister alleged on the GoFundMe page: "We’re very worried, especially after we’ve seen text messages that she had sent another friend that she was scared that Joe was going to hurt her."
One day before she disappeared in July, Vandewiele sent messages to her friends saying she was afraid for her life. She also told them that she would contact them the next day if she was still alive, reported KMGH. Strenke wrote in the GoFundMe page: "Erin never called back." According to one friend of Vandewiele's, she sent a text saying: "He’s gonna kill me if I don’t get away from him today." It is still unclear who the "he" in the message refers to. The friend is the one who contacted the police first.
The Denver Police have not discussed if the boyfriend is a suspect in her disappearance but have said that the investigation is still ongoing. In a completely unrelated case, Mayor had been arrested by the authorities in Golden, Colorado, on some outstanding warrants and has been extradited back to Wisconsin, Denver police told PEOPLE. It was still not clear on September 20 if Mayor was still in custody or what the warrants against him in Wisconsin were for.
Even though Vandewiele has not been heard from since her disappearance in July, some of her personal items have been located around Denver. Strenke wrote on the GoFundMe page that some of her sister's belongings were found in a local hotel. She also said that her Social Security card and her identification were found on a bus. She wrote on the page: "But no sign of Erin."
A friend of the missing woman, Stacey Morris, told KMGH in an interview: "I feel like something is terribly wrong. We’re pretty much worried that she might be dead and that she’s not going to be able to come home to her kids and her sister." Strenke is hoping that the page will be able to raise enough money for her to be able to go to Denver and help find her sister.
The authorities have said that Vandewiele has brown hair and brown eyes. She has also been described as being 5-feet-5-inches tall and weighs 120lbs. Anyone with any information regarding her whereabouts has been urged to call the Denver Police at 720-913-6653.