Family still searching for answers 6 years after woman’s disappearance

New Mexico News

New Mexico State Patrol says there are still no leads into a New Mexico woman’s disappearance. 

“We’re sobbing, hurting, wanting justice for my niece and nothing’s being done,” her aunt, Victoria Baca, said. 

Emotions run high as the family of Cindy Rivera begs for any information about her disappearance six years ago. 

The 19-year-old disappeared after leaving her father’s house in Las Vegas in June 2012. 

“Anybody she met, she left an impression on and she was the heart of our family. Nothing’s really been the same since she’s been gone,” her sister, Angela Rivera, said. 

For years, the family has suspected the father of one of her children killed her and buried her in the desert, claiming people have told them that he even bragged about the murder. 

“We need your help, we need your prayers, and if you know anything we have a $50,000 reward,” her father, Jessie Rivera, said. 

However, State Police have never named him as a suspect, and say there’s no probable cause to get a search warrant to arrest him or anyone else. 

State Police say they haven’t made any arrests, but say they continue to follow any and all leads in what they’re calling a priority case. 

In fact, just this year, State Police created a “Cold Case List” on the Department of Public Safety website, where Rivera’s case is featured. 

The family wants to believe she’s alive, but say their reward is for anyone who has answers. 

“The hardest part is not knowing where she is,” Angela Rivera said. 

To them, justice means police naming a suspect — and finding answers — whether she’s dead or alive. 

“We’ll never give up on her. She’s everything to us and she always will be,” her sister, Judy Garcia, said. 

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call State Police at (505) 425-6771. 

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