Yuma woman starts fundraiser to push Panama authorities to find

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Yuma woman starts fundraiser to push Panama authorities to find her missing sister

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YUMA, Ariz. (KSWT News 13) - A Yuma woman is fighting to keep investigators and police digging to find out what happened to her sister, Yvonne Baldelli, who went missing in Panama around Thanksgiving 2011.

Last May, police declared Baldelli's case as murder.

But they still will not give Faust and her family access to more than 1,400 pages of evidence and documents regarding Baldelli's investigation.

Faust says her family has "gone through hell" since her sister's disappearance.

Her family struggles both financially and emotionally to travel to Panama in search of Baldelli.

"What I know is this is not a cold case. This is not a 'she just vanished.' Something happened to my sister," Faust told KSWT News 13 in a live in-studio interview.

Faust has started "Keep Hope Alive," a fundraiser to help her family through this legal battle to get access to Baldelli's case and to keep investigators looking for her.

The fundraiser will be held this Saturday at 2102 West 25th Street. There will be live performances, music, dancers, food and a silent auction. Donations will be accepted.

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