Police Search Underway For Missing California Mom

| by Michael Doherty
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Police are investigating the disappearance of a 21-year-old California mom who didn't show up to work on May 7 and hasn't been seen since.

Claudia Lisseth Sanchez Reyes, of Santa Ana, California, was last seen on May 6 with her husband, Eddy, at the couple's apartment complex, according to People. Claudia did not show up for her May 7 shift at Mexican chicken chain El Pollo Loco, and police say that she has not been seen or heard from since.

"She didn't call in," said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. Bertagna said Claudia's absence was strange because she was usually diligent about going to work.

"She just didn't show up for her day of work. That is why the people at El Pollo Loco thought it was odd because she always shows up and she flat out didn’t show up," Bertagna added.

Claudia has not used her credit cards, phone or any social media since her disappearance. Eddy  said he last spoke to Claudia on the night of May 7, when he says she told him she was going clubbing with her friends.

Claudia, who has a 4-year-old son, has not contacted her family in El Salvador, either, which Bertagna said was unusual.

"She communicated with her mom on a regular basis," Bertagna said. "That all stopped around the 6th. She didn't contact her family on Mother's Day. She didn’t see her son on Mother's Day so that seems odd as well."

In August 2014, Claudia filed a request for a restraining order against Eddy, claiming he had abused her, reports KTLA. She submitted photos showing what appeared to be bruise and scratch on her arm, which she said her husband caused. Bertagna said that Eddy is not considered a suspect in Claudia's disappearance.

Police also learned that Claudia had two Facebook accounts, one of which Eddy was not allowed access to. Eddy says he did not know what activities Claudia was doing on her second account. "She had another Facebook account that was in her married name that he was able to look at," said Marlin Stapleton, Eddy's attorney.

"We have the whole team on this case," Bertagna said of the disappearance. "They have dropped their open cases and this is a priority. She is a priority missing for us just based on the circumstances."

Source: People, KTLA / Photo credit: Santa Ana Police Dept. via People

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