Julia Bagg/NBC Miami
Family and friends of Maria Claudia Murphy kept up the search for her Saturday, eight days after she disappeared.
Martha Valderrama could not hold back tears as she spoke of her missing sister. “We need to find her,” she sobbed, wearing a T-shirt with the missing woman’s picture.
Valderrama said her sister, Maria Claudia Murphy, may be suffering psychological problems, and not know where or who she is.
Murphy’s husband, Frank, joined scores of relatives and friends at the First Presbyterian Church parking lot on Royal Palm Boulevard in Margate Saturday morning.
His brother Ed Murphy checked off names while his wife handed out pictures, and reviewed the map of where volunteers would stand.
More than a hundred people fanned out to 47 Broward intersections, holding pictures of Maria Claudia Murphy.
“What else can we do?” said Evelyn Anderson, a friend of the Murphys.
“I know she’s alive,” said Valderrama, smiling through tears.
The 45-year-old Coral Springs woman vanished on Friday, March 16 after making an ATM deposit on University Drive.
Surveillance video shows she left her car in a shopping center parking lot on Sample Road. Police say she left her wallet and credit cards in the car.
The last known video of Murphy is from a Broward Transit bus camera at 2:45 p.m. the same day. It shows Murphy on the northeast corner of Lyons and Copans Road.
If you have any information about Maria Claudia Murphy’s disappearance, call Coral Springs Police at 954-344-1800.