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Search For Missing Family Grows Desperate; New Details in Case

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Desperation is growing in the search for a family of five, missing from Tulare County for more than two weeks.

Elba Enriquez looks at the pictures of her grandchildren, tears up, and says they are the ones giving her hope to keep looking.

She last saw her daughter, Evelyn Godinez, son-in-law Jesus, and grandchildren on January 19th, at the Visalia Swap Meet.

The family lives in the town of Plainview, about 20 miles southeast of Visalia, but sells t-shirts and jackets at a stand every week.

Enriquez says her phone calls to her daughter went unanswered three days later.

On the fourth day, she showed up at her daughter's house to drop things off on the porch.

When she still didn't hear from them on Sunday, January 26th, she went to the swap meet, hoping to see them at their stand.

When they weren't there, she went to the home in Plainview; the items she left on the porch were still there.

"The day I went and saw the things I left were there… It's the worst thing that has happened in my life," she says.

That's when she called the Tulare County Sheriff's Department for help.

She says that detectives told her they traced her daughter's last known whereabouts to the Macy's in Visalia, where Godinez also worked.

She last reported to work on January 21st, and hasn't been seen since.

Enriquez says that as far as she knows, her daughter's family did not have any trips planned; they had been saving up for a deposit to move to a new home.

"They spent their time between work and home. They'd take the kids to the park on their days off, but they were not the kind of people to go out with friends. Just work and home," she says.

Enriquez says everything was left at the home, including televisions, a computer, clothing and bedding.

Even the family's puppy was there.

She has since taken it to her home in Squaw Valley.

"I'm exhausted," she says. "I've been from one place to another, but I have to stay strong."

The family's minivan is also missing.

It's a 2013 Honda Odyssey, license plate 7AK6116.

"I'm asking the community for help. We all have kids and grandkids. I need people to think if they've seen anything, please let us know," she says.

Enriquez says that Jesus Godinez's family is in Mexico City, but as far as she knows, no one there has heard from the family, either.

If you have any information on the family's whereabouts, please call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Hotline at 1-800-808-0488.

 

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