Family and Police Puzzle Over Ethiopian Mom who Disappeared in Texas

by Zelalem

WYLIE Texas — Almaz Gebremedhin has been missing now for five days. The 42-year-old mother of two of Ethiopian descent was last seen leaving for work last Thursday.

Sisay Zelelew is hoping for any news that points to where his wife is.

“Every minute, every second, every hour… it’s just like being in the dark,” Zelelew said.

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Gebremedhin left for work Thursday morning, but her employer told Zelelew that she didn’t show up there. She also didn’t pick up her two kids from school later that day.

“I don’t how I’m going to handle it without her. I don’t know…I don’t know,” the forlorn father said, standing next to his two young children.

Gebremedhin is a nurse’s assistant, and she works three miles from her home. Zelelew and the Ethiopian community have looked everywhere along that route.

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“We don’t get reports like this often,” said Wylie Police Department spokesperson Nuria Arroyo. The department was notified about the disappearance on Thursday afternoon.

“We’ve been looking for her or her vehicle everywhere we can think of, and we have not located either,” Arroyo said. Police are hoping for more tips from the public.

Gebremedhin was driving a silver Chevrolet Venture minivan with Texas plates CVZ-8041.

Investigators said that while nothing points to foul play, there is also no evidence that Gebremedhin disappeared voluntarily.

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A family struggling for answers is making a plea to the person or people who they think may have her.

“Please…let her go,” Zelelew said. “She’s the life to all of us.”

The Ethiopian community has put up a $10,000 reward for any credible information in the case.

Contact Wylie police at 972-442-8170 or call 911 if you know where Almaz Gebremedhin can be found.

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