Aug. 5, 2017 was the last time anyone saw or heard from a beloved mother, sister and daughter living in Cibola County.
“Hell. It’s been hell. The not knowing has been hell,” said Alicia Vigil’s sister, Roberta Vigil.
Vigil says Alicia stopped answering phone calls or answering her door on that Sunday in August last summer. She says that wasn’t like her sister.
They quickly called the Cibola County Sheriff’s Office, who started investigating the case that night.
“It was odd that she just vanished,” said Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace.
Mace says there were no signs of forced entry and no signs leading them to believe this was a robbery gone wrong.
“Everything she owns is in the house, her cell phone, her car keys and then we found a note on a desk that she had wrote,” said Mace.
Mace says this note doesn’t have the tell-tale signs of a suicide note, but it does appear to say ‘goodbye.’
“The note said, ‘I’m not crazy. I know what I’m doing. I just miss Andrea,” said Vigil as she recites the letter her younger sister left behind.
Andrea was Alicia’s oldest daughter. She died from a life-long battle with cancer last year. Her early death devastated her mother.
“I don’t think you can ever get over that. I think it’s just a different way of dealing with your life,” said Vigil.
Vigil doesn’t know what that letter could mean and says she was showing no signs of wanting to leave.
“She had bought a new stove for the house, she had bought a new water heater, she was painting, there was no indication she was planning on leaving,” said Vigil.
When that day came and Alicia’s phone went straight to voicemail, her car stayed in her driveway, her checks stopped getting cashed, and her social media accounts went silent, her family was shocked.
“I just hope if she is alive, which I hope you know that she is, she just lets us know,” said Alicia’s dad Filemon Vigil.
Alicia’s family knows she may have run away, but worry that something could have happened to her.
“I don’t think that you just leave your life and leave your family hanging,” said Vigil.
There are billboards put up throughout Cibola County with Alicia’s picture, asking for information.
If you have seen Alicia or have any information about her disappearance, you can call:
- The Cibola County Sheriff’s Office at 505-287-9476
- Or the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Missing Person Line at 800-457-3463