Noemi Bolivar, a BYU-Idaho alumna, was last seen on Feb. 12 around 5 p.m. in Hollywood, Florida.
She was last seen at Anne Kolb Nature Center Park, wearing a striped shirt and jean bermuda shorts with sneakers.
Bolivar, 21 years old and 5-foot-3-inches, left home to go for a walk but had not returned, prompting friends and family to worry.
Karem Ryker, the spokesperson for the family, said this was very out of character for Bolivar.
She had texted a friend around 6:15 p.m. and was in the middle of the conversation when she stopped responding.
According to Ryker, Bolivar had been planning on attending an institute class that evening and friends became worried. It was the first time Bolivar missed a class.
“We believe she’s in danger,” Ryker said.
Police pinged her phone twice on the night she went missing at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. leading them to Hollywood Beach, about two miles away from the nature park where she was last seen.
Ryker said the police had redirected the case to detectives after pinging the phone and were not actively looking for Bolivar over the weekend.
Many people have contributed to the search effort, participating by handing out flyers, combing the area and looking in mortuaries and obituaries for someone who matches Bolivar’s description.
Without the amount of help that they’ve been given, Ryker believes that the authorities wouldn’t have taken this case seriously.
On Saturday, Feb. 20, Bolivar’s friends and family are hosting a search party with an expected attendance in the triple digits.
“We hope to find her before Saturday, but if not we have a plan,” Ryker said.
“Anything will help us bring her home,” Ryker said.
Scroll keeps Bolivar and her family in our thoughts and prayers.