LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – An active search is underway for a missing 24-year-old Los Angeles woman who police say was a victim of domestic violence prior to her disappearance.

Veronica Vargas. (LAPD)

According to Los Angeles police, Veronica Vargas was last seen at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near the 2600 block of North Figueroa Street in the Montecito Heights area near Elysian Park.

Vargas was leaving he non-profit she works for, a group that helps people with immigration issues.

Vargas was recently the victim of domestic violence, which “has caused alarm in her disappearance,” police said in a news release.

No further details were disclosed. Police did not confirm if they have identified or are searching for any possible suspects.

CBS2’s Lisa Sigell reports police want to talk to Vargas’ boyfriend but have been unable to locate him. They confirmed there are “multiple” reports about him.

Vargas is a Latina, 5 feet, 1 inch tall, 120 pounds, with shoulder-length black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black dress.

Sigell also spoke to the missing woman’s sister who is taking her disappearance very hard.

Vargas lives with her family and they said it would be unlike her not to check in with them.

“We always have communication,” Karen Vargas said, “If she doesn’t come home, I’m calling her or texting her, where are you? It’s weird, her phone is on and we just never heard from her.”

Karen Vargas acknowledges she is frightened about what’s happened to her sister.

“I’m scared for her life,” she says.

Anyone with information about Vargas or her whereabouts should call the LAPD  (323) 342-4100.


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