Authorities are frantically searching for a 36-year-old upstate New York woman who vanished nearly two weeks ago after a night out at a Chili’s with a friend.
The FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force has joined the investigation into the disappearance of former Newburgh teacher Jessica “Yessica” Lopez, police told News12 Westchester on Monday.
Jessica went to an outpost of the restaurant chain at the corner of Routes 300 and 17K in the Town of Newburgh Nov. 1 and was then driven home by her friend, according to her brother, Ernesto Lopez.
She got into her car outside her family’s home in the City of Newburgh and hasn’t been seen since, Ernesto told the Record Online.
Jessica’s silver Toyota Camry was found Nov. 3 in the parking lot of Showtime Cinemas, not far from the eatery.
“We just want to have her home,” Ernesto said.
Jessica was a substitute teacher for the Newburgh school district from 2007 and 2012. She had been working at a local health clinic, but recently quit her job to care for her ailing father.
She is described as being approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall weighing 135 pounds, with light brown eyes and brown hair with highlights.
Search teams scoured wooded areas in Orange County with the help of state police helicopters over the weekend.
Anyone with information is asked to contact City of Newburgh police at 845-561-3131.
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