VINELAND — City police said Wednesday they continue to search for a 19-year-old local woman listed as an “endangered missing person” since Monday morning.
The search for Flavia Bautista also includes finding her 25-year-old boyfriend, Franciso Mayoral-Bautista, who authorities say remains wanted as a “person of interest” in her disappearance.
Police Lt. Alan Pagnini said the investigation into Bautista’s whereabouts has local authorities believing she is still in the area. He would not elaborate.
However, Bautista’s listing as an “endangered missing person” has other law enforcement agencies in New Jersey aware of her disappearance and on the lookout for the woman, Pagnini said. The city’s Police Department remains the primary investigative agency in the case, he said.
Bautista’s residence is in the 500 block of South West Boulevard. Police said they went to that residence around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in connection with a domestic dispute between Bautista and Mayoral-Bautista.
City police said Bautista was last seen around 6:30 a.m. Monday by other residents of the South West Boulevard home. Those residents returned to the site around 4 p.m. Monday to find a broken front window with blood on the broken glass, they said.
Drops of blood were found inside the home from the living room area to the back door of the house, local authorities said. They said they do not know if the blood belongs to Bautista or Mayoral-Bautista.
However, authorities said their investigation indicates that Bautista likely did not leave her home voluntarily.
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 5-feet tall and weighing around 150 pounds. Mayoral-Bautista may possibly be driving a black, two-door Hyundai Tiburon with North Carolina license plates.
Persons with information about Bautista or Mayoral-Bautista can call Detective Antonio Ramos at 856-691-4111, ext. 4155, or provide information via TIP411.com.
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