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Family, Friend of Missing Albemarle Woman Speak Out

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Bonnie Santiago’s family and friends are growing more anxious, wanting to know what happened to their friend and mother. Police are still trying to figure out what led to the disappearance of the 56-year-old woman nine days ago.

Crews searched for two days on Carter Mountain in Albemarle County, the last place she was seen, last week. Sheriff Chip Harding called off the search last Wednesday after authorities searched all probable areas with no sign of Santiago.

Now, NBC29 is sitting down with those who know her best.

Bonnie Santiago's oldest daughter, Traci Santiago, says she has a lot of frustration and anger. What she does not have are answers about what happened to her mother.

“I am just thinking about her every day and every night whether she is OK or not,” Traci said. “Me and her always does like grocery shopping together. We take the kids and do stuff together,” Traci said.

Santiago is close to her family. She lives with her daughter and sees her grandchildren every chance she has. That's why for Traci and family friend Amber Morris, not much makes sense.

“To me somebody's hiding something and they don't want to talk,” Morris said.

Saturday, July 12 around 1 a.m. was the last time anyone saw Santiago. That Saturday evening she was supposed to meet her daughter and Morris at a party, but she never showed.

“I just went up to the mountain because I hadn't heard from her and when I got there I noticed she was missing,” Traci said.

Santiago found items that she recognized belong to her mother - things she believes no one would normally leave behind.

“I found all her stuff - her medicine, her glasses, her cellphone, and her van was up there and she wasn't in it,” Traci said.

Carter Mountain, the epicenter of the two-day search that turned up no sign of her, is where Santiago's boyfriend works and lives.

“He told me her and him got into a little argument Saturday and he woke up, went to work and come back home for lunch and realized she wasn't there,” Traci said.

Deep down, Morris believes something bad happened to her good friend.

“The dog kept on searching around the cars so I believe someone took her off of the mountain. She didn't just walk off of that mountain,” Morris said.

“It is breaking my heart. I miss my mom. I just want my mom back home,” Traci said.

The Albemarle County Police Department says they are still investigating the case but as of now have no more information. If you have seen or know anything about what may have happened to Bonnie Santiago call Crime Stoppers at 434 -977-4000.

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