Marizela Perez
Marizela Perez

A Seattle police detective and family members are searching for University of Washington student Marizela Perez, who has been missing since March 5. According to parties close to Perez, relatives last saw the 18 year-old between noon and 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 at the Safeway in the University District. She was reportedly heading to a library on the UW campus.

“She always comes home on time,” her uncle, Lauro Mendoza, said. When she didn’t return, Mendoza went to the UW campus the same day with his daughter and Perez’s boyfriend to search for her. Perez lives with her uncle and aunt, Melinda Mendoza. The family filed a missing-persons report March 6 with the SPD and UW police. They said Perez might have taken a Link light-rail train that day as well.

UW police spokesman Jerome Solomon said Perez did not attend any of her classes on Monday, March 7. Marizela Perez is described as 5-foot-5, Asian, 110 pounds with a bobbed hairstyle. She has a tattoo on her left inner arm with the words “lahat ay magiging maayos” — Tagalog for “all will be well.” She was last seen wearing a dark jacket with hood, denim jeans, light brown suede laced boots, possibly wearing green eye contacts, and possibly carrying a plaid backpack with a laptop, and was reportedly taking medication for depression.

Possible light rail routes she could’ve been last seen on are: downtown/Chinatown areas, UW Seattle campus,  and the University district.

Please call if you have any information regarding this person:

(206) 760 – 1822.


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