Mother of four missing for nearly two weeks

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's been almost two weeks since a 40-year old Yolanda Reyes of Walker disappeared. Police say Reyes was dropped off at work at around 5:30 a.m. on April 24; she never clocked-in and hasn't been seen since. Her friends and even investigators say her disappearance is suspicious.

Xeomara Montenegro is worried about Reyes, a mother of four who she got to know from shopping at a local Hispanic grocery store. "She was very attached, very close to her kids. From what I see, she's a very dedicated mother, so this is unusual."

Walker Police say Reyes' husband dropped her off at her job at Neal Mast Greenhouses. "The circumstances are suspicious. We have no indication whether this was voluntary or involuntary, that's what our focus is on," said deputy chief Long of the Walker Police Department.

Walker police have interviewed family and several co-workers but there are over 1,000 people who work at the greenhouse.

"We are challenged with the language barrier," explained Long. "Most people, are non-English, Spanish speaking. We are using translators and other departments to help us with that."

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Reyes did not punch-in at work. Walker police used canines to track her scent around the area, but nothing was found.

"It's just very odd. Everyone is wondering, what could have happened to her," Montenegro said. At the grocery store, missing persons posters are up in both Spanish and English. "Something has happened; people don't just vanish like that."

Montenegro is pleading with the public to help out. "If anyone has information about Yolanda Reyes, please call police."

Walker police are concerned that some in the Hispanic community may be hesitant to come forward. If so, they can also call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345 and remain anonymous.


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