SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Police continue to search for leads as friends and family held a vigil Monday for a Cal State Fullerton student who has been missing for 11 days.
More than 100 people attended a vigil for 36-year-old Maribel Manriquez Ramos at Santa Ana’s Calvary Church on Monday night. The CSU Fullerton student and former veteran, who served two tours of duty in Iraq and spent a year in Korea, was a criminal justice major set to graduate in a few days.
“She fought for us, her family, her country,” one speaker told the crowd gathered.
Ramos reportedly had a strong support network of family and friends and a church community in Santa Ana.
“It’s been 11 days, we don’t have any leads and I’m just extremely worried,” said her sister, Lucy Gonzalez.
She was first reported missing May 3. Friends and family said she missed professional and personal commitments which was out of character. They also said she would never have left without her car or dog.
The Orange Police Department calls her disappearance “suspicious.”
An undercover detective was present at the vigil Monday though police would not comment further. Authorities do not have any leads at present.
Ramos’s roommate, KC Joy, attended the vigil at a distance.
“It’s very uncomfortable, but I want to be here,” he said.
Joy told KCAL9’s Stacey Butler that the police have contacted him 2 to 3 times a day since her disappearance and seized his cell phone and computer. Joy said he voluntarily submitted DNA and was photographed by the police.
According to Joy, authorities have searched the apartment that he and Ramos shared five times. They have also reportedly brought a forensic team and police dogs to the residence.
Ramos was last seen Thursday, May 2 around 8:30 p.m., said officials.
If you have seen Ramos or know of her whereabouts, you’re asked to call the Orange Police Department or Detective Joey Ramirez at (714) 936-4501.