A family's worry continues to grow as a stay-at-home mother from the Antelope Valley area of Southern California has yet to be found after vanishing nearly two weeks ago.
Monique Figueroa, 28, left her hometown of Littlerock on May 19 after telling friends she was going to visit some other friends in the Los Angeles area, her father Jeff Figueroa told NBC4 on Monday.
The LA County Sheriff's Department identified Monique Figueroa as 27 years old, but her father said she turned 28 on May 11.
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies found her Mercedes SUV in a rural area in Palmdale over the weekend, said Lt. Steve Jauch, of the LASD Homicide Bureau.
Jauch said Monique Figueroa's boyfriend was arrested on murder charges earlier this year, but said she was not involved in the case.
The day after Monique Figueroa left, her father said he got a text message from his daughter that read, "Had to leave, be home soon."
He reported her missing several days later, on May 24, when her phone kept going to voice mail.
"My daughter is a very outgoing person, loving. She's always helping people," father Jeff Figueroa said. "She's a good mom."
Monique Figueroa has a 2-year-old daughter, her father said, adding that the little girl has been asking for her mother every day.
"She's lived in Littlerock all her life, went to kindergarten right here locally in town," Jeff Figueroa said. "Her time here seems to be cut off short. We miss her and want her home ... Let my daughter go, let her come home to her daughter."
Anyone with information should call the LASD's Homicide Bureau, Detective Shonka or Detective Holston at 323-890-5500.
To remain anonymous, call "Crime Stoppers" at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). You can also use report tips at http://lacrimestoppers.org.