Searching For Patricia

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 1:13pm

Arkansas college student vanished Wednesday.

Leonor Garcia doesn't speak much English, but sorrow and grief transcend any language barrier.

"She wants her daughter back alive. Wherever she's at we want her back," the young girl translated for Garcia.

Garcia's daughter, 20-year-old Patricia, has not been heard from or seen since she left her Little Rock home Wednesday morning.

She was heading to class at the University of Arkansas Little Rock.

"Foul play has not been ruled out in this case," said Lieutenant Terry Hastings of the Little Rock Police Department.

Police are investigating after Garcia called in her daughter as a missing person late Wednesday night.

They had found Patricia's empty car in a parking lot behind Burger King on South University Avenue.

The car had not been disturbed, and according to police it is a spot often used by UALR students, who walk to class from there.

"It's just like she disappeared, gone," Hastings said. "We're looking through surveillance video from businesses and on campus to see if she walks through. But so far, we've got nothing."

Friends say she never showed to any of her classes, and her phone is turned off.

"This is very unusual for her," Hastings said. "We have no reason to believe she was involved in anything that would put her in a situation to go missing. That's concerning for us. That a UALR student, a good person, may be in trouble."

"I don't want this for anybody, for any mother to even know what I'm going through," Garcia said.

Patricia has been excited about college courses and recently being hired at her new job.

24 hours without hearing from her tells loved ones something's wrong.

"I feel right now she's suffering wherever she's at. I feel it," Garcia said.

As time ticks on, Patricia's disappearance grows more disturbing for family and police.

"The longer it goes that we do not hear from her and not find some information, the greater we feel something serious has happened to this young lady, " Hastings said. "We need to find out where she is. The quicker we do that, the quicker we can help her if something's wrong. The quicker we can make arrests if there are suspects involved, and not let the evidence get away from us."

Friends had suggested police inquire with an ex-boyfriend who had been trying to get back together with Patricia after breaking up two years ago, but according to police, he's fully cooperated in the investigation.

"He didn't show any signs that anything was wrong," Hastings said. "He hasn't been in contact with her, and he cooperated with us. It doesn't seem like he's involved."

Patricia's friends and family believe Patricia has been abducted.

"This is not like her at all. She wouldn't just leave," her best friend Amy cried.

They're pleading with those who may have taken her.

"I just want them to give her, return her, we need her," Amy said.

"I just want the people who have taken her to let her call," Garcia said. "I just want to hear her voice and know she's okay. "

They, along with the police, are also asking the public to contact authorities with even the smallest details that could bring Patricia back home.

"I just ask anybody out there if they --- anything to help us. We need her. We really do."

Patricia is 5'2" and 120 lbs. She has dark brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a blue and gray shirt with black slacks and black shoes.

If you have any information you're asked to contact the Little Rock Police Department at 501- 371-4660.

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