VINELAND— A woman missing from her home for more than a week may be too scared of her possible abductor to seek help, city police said Tuesday.
Authorities said in a statement they now believe 19-year-old Flavia Bautista is being held against her will by her boyfriend, Francisco Mayoral-Bautista (no relation), a person previously wanted only as a “person of interest” in her abduction.
An ongoing investigation has revealed that the couple’s relationship was “very abusive,” city police said. Bautista may not seek help “for fear of retaliation” from 25-year-old Mayoral-Bautista, they said.
Information received from different sources during the investigation indicates that Mayoral-Bautista has several cuts to his arms and hands, and a cut on his face and right side of his torso, authorities said. Bautista is also said to have bruises on her face, they said.
Authorities continue to officially list Bautista as an “endangered missing person.”
Bautista and some other people live in a residence in the 500 block of South West Boulevard. City police said they went to that home at about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 23 for what they termed a domestic dispute between Bautista and Mayoral-Bautista.
According to police, residents said they last saw Bautista when they left the house for work at about 6:30 a.m. Sept. 24. Those residents returned to the house about 4 p.m. to find a broken front window with blood on the broken glass, police said.
Drops of blood were found inside the home from the living room area to the back door of the house, authorities said, adding that they do not know if the blood belongs to Bautista or Mayoral-Bautista.
Mayoral-Bautista is wanted on a warrant charging him with simple assault in connection with Sunday’s domestic incident.
Police described Bautista as Hispanic, about 5 feet tall and weighing about 105 pounds.
Mayoral-Bautista is described by police as Hispanic, about 5 feet tall and weighing about 150 pounds. Mayoral-Bautista may possibly be operating a black, two-door Hyundai Tiburon with North Carolina license plates.
Anyone with information about Bautista or Mayoral-Bautista can call Detective Antonio Ramos at 856-691-4111, ext. 4155, or provide information via Tip411.com.
The local Crime Stoppers organization is also offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading the whereabouts of Bautista and Mayoral-Bautista. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 856-691-2345.
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