The family of Noemi Gonzalez is starting a new push to find the woman who has been missing since February 12, including increasing the reward for any information to help find her to $10,000.
Gonzalez has been missing for three months. Her sister, Maria Castillo, said the two would speak on the phone on the night of February 11th and by the next morning; Noemi was nowhere to be found.
“It’s been the roughest months that I have in my life,” said Castillo. “It’s been a nightmare"
Since February, Castillo’s car has turned into a mobile officer, packed with thousands of flyers bearing Noemi’s picture. Castillo hands them to strangers and posts them on businesses. The search for her best friend led her from Noemi’s home in North Miami where she was last seen, to Broward County.
Tuesday night, Castillo was in Hollywood. She came to speak with a man who thought he may spotted Noemi. But Castillo was not hopeful after the meeting saying, “After speaking to him, I have my doubts.”
One thing that is for sure, the family said it’s not like Noemi to simply disappear. She was supposed to visit her hairdresser the morning she went missing. All of Noemi’s belongings, including her medicine for epileptic seizures were left behind.
And now the family is hoping an increased reward of $10,000 gathered through donations from friends and family might encourage the community to come forward, hoping a tip can lead to much needed answers.
"I just want to find what happened to my sister," Castillo said.
If you have any information about the case, contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477)