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Family misses Angelica on 23rd birthday

Posted: Friday, Oct 19th, 2012

Angelica Sandoval

Courier editor

ALAMOSA — Angelica Sandoval is 23 years old today, but her family will not be able to wish her a happy birthday in person.

Angelica has been missing for 19 months, since Feb. 23, 2011, when she was last seen unloading laundry at her apartment after returning from a laundromat with her year-old daughter. Her daughter will be 3 in December.

Angelica’s mother, Michelle, said on Thursday there are still few leads on her daughter’s whereabouts, but whenever family and friends get a tip, they follow it. They recently searched for barrels in a canyon area, for example. Nothing has led to Angelica.

Today for her birthday family and friends of Angelica will share a meal of spaghetti, Angelica’s favorite, and release balloons.

“We wish her a happy birthday and will never stop looking for her,” Michelle said, “and we love her dearly.”

She added, “to the people who took her, please grow a conscience.”

Michelle said the family would like to know what happened, even if it is not the results they wish for, because they would like some closure.

“Somebody has to know something,” she said, “and I don’t want them to think they are getting away with this.”

Michelle said the Alamosa Police Department is continuing to follow leads and is refreshing its investigation of the incident under Captain Robert Jackson (589-2548.) Anonymous tips may also be called to Crimestoppers at 719-589-4111.

Michelle said Angelica’s daughter misses her mom daily.

“She still cries for her mom and asks for her daily,” she said.

One day recently a friend of Angelica’s came over, and the young woman resembled Angelica so much that Angelica’s daughter ran to her. When she realized it was not her mother, she cried for four hours, Michelle said.

“It’s pretty grueling.”

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