Searchers from the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office spent Tuesday scouring Carter Mountain looking for 56-year-old Bonnie Santiago, who reportedly vanished Saturday around 1 a.m.
Santiago was last seen at a home in the area of Carter Mountain Orchard, where police say her boyfriend lives and works.
Monday night, her daughter Gabrielle Adams reported her missing. "Yesterday I really started getting worried. Saturday I had called her twice and she didn't answer her phone," Adams said.
Tuesday, rescue workers trudged through dense brush hoping to find her. After setting up a mobile command unit for the search, workers hit the walking trails and all of the side roads, searching until it got dark. They combed the area in and around Santiago's boyfriend's house, but found no sign of her.
"Some of these weeds are five, six feet tall. You can walk within two feet of someone who is not conscious and not know they are there," said Albemarle Sheriff Chip Harding.
Police describe Santiago as 5-foot-4, with brown hair and brown eyes. She weighs about 175 pounds.
The Albemarle County Police Department is involved to investigate whether a crime has been committed. For now, the police say they will treat it as a missing person case.
The search will pick back up Wednesday morning.
If you have any information about where Santiago is, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
Albemarle County Police Department Press Release
The Albemarle County Police Department is asking for help from the community in locating a missing woman.
Bonnie Santiago is 56 years old and was last seen around 1 a.m. on July 12 in the area of Carter Mountain Orchard.
If you have any information about her whereabouts, please call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.