New York Daily News
Police in Wilmington, N.C., are trying to locate a recently engaged couple, not seen since April 15.
Stephanie Mayorga, 27, and Paige Escalera, 25, were reported missing by a roommate, according to a statement released by the Wilmington Police Department.
“Both family members and authorities believe the couple’s disappearance is suspicious, which is why the WPD is working closely with law enforcement agencies across North and South Carolina in an effort to locate these two women and bring them home,” the statement read.
Investigators are now looking for a gray 2013 Dodge Dart with a South Carolina tag, which is registered to Escalera.
Escalera’s sister, Stevie Jenkins, wrote on Facebook Sunday that “Paige has large tattoos and a beauty mark on the right check. Stephanie has a small wrist tattoo.”
The two moved into an apartment together in Wilmington in March, where “they had only lived there a week or so before they went missing,” Jenkins told Oxygen.com.
“As I have been contacting her close friends, I have found that every single one of them had been blocked from her social media over the last week or two. It is normal for family to not hear from her, but not her closest friends,” she said.
“As I spoke with Stephanie’s friends, they say it isn’t normal at all that they don’t hear from Stephanie,” whose phone has been disconnected since the day they disappeared.
Escalera left her phone on their bed, which was given to authorities by the roommate as evidence.
According to the Facebook profile of both women, they are an engaged couple. Mayorga bio states that she’s originally from Beacon, N.Y. She changed her relationship status on Jan. 24.
On March 19 Escalera shared a photo of the couple on her Facebook page saying, “Finally found my rider for life.”
“I am at a loss,” Jenkins said. “I was just rekindling my relationship with my sister that has not been so well for the last 10 years. For the first time in a long time I felt like I finally had her back.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910)-343-3609 or use tip708.com to provide information anonymously.
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