PROVO (ABC4 News) – Elizabeth “Elena” Salgado’s mother had a desperate plea to the 50 or so people gathered at a prayer vigil in Pioneer Park Wednesday evening: search for Elizabeth as if she were your own daughter.
A tearful Libertad Salgado Figueroa addressed the crowd in Spanish for 5 minutes in front of homemade signs urging “Find Elizabeth”.
The 26 year old Mexican woman has not been seen or heard from since leaving the Nomen Global Language School on Center Street in Provo at 1:30 pm on April 16th. Despite the distribution of thousands of flyers and over 3500 man hours of case work from the Provo Police Department, the family still has no solid leads.
“The government from Mexico, they are getting involved as well, just to see why this is not progressing and what’s going on,” Elizabeth’s uncle Rosemberg Salgado told ABC4 Utah News. “As far as I know they are going to be sending some people from Mexico to see where the case is going and what’s going on because it has been too long.”
Meanwhile the family continues to search, pray and hope.
Kenya Chavez doesn’t know Elizabeth but still attended the vigil with two friends to show support for Salgado’s family.
“I can’t imagine what they’re going through,” Chavez said. “Extremely devastated, heartbroken, I mean, just not knowing where their daughter is. Cousin, sister. It must be hard, really hard.”
Some new banners on display referred to Salgado as “Elizabeth Laguna”. Laguna is her father’s last name and Salgado is her maternal last name. It is common for people in Spanish speaking countries to use two last names, according to Rosemberg Salgado.
There is currently a $15,000 reward offered for information leading to Elizabeth’s safe return.
If you have any information about her whereabouts or what happened, call Provo Police at 801-852-6210.