Search continues for missing Yuma teen


Search continues for missing Yuma teen

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – The search continues for 19-year-old Emily Hieber, who went missing in Yuma eight months ago.

Tonight, her family is now offering a $5,000 reward, as a plea for someone who may know something to come forward with information on her whereabouts.

Yuma police investigators tell 13 On Your Side they do not have any solid evidence indicating Emily Hieber is no longer alive.

But they say rumors that she may have been murdered have raised their suspicions.

Hieber's family, however, is not losing hope.

Today, they are asking for your help in bringing her home safely.

"I love her and I want her to come home, we miss her very much," said Jenny Jimenez, Hieber's mother.

Jimenez has not seen or heard from her daughter since last February, when the 19-year-old went missing without a trace.

"It's stressful. It's frustrating. You go through so many different emotions. Anger. Sadness," Jimenez said.

Yuma police have interviewed more than 60 people since they began investigating Hieber's disappearance. At one point during the investigation, police identified two of her friends are persons of interest.

Police later cleared the two.

Today, the case has gone cold.

"It's no secret that Emily was involved with methamphetamine," said Sgt. Ron Rodriguez, of the Yuma Police Department. "But doesn't change the fact that she's been missing and the rumors that she's been killed and we still need to bring her home."   

Despite Hieber's drug use, Jimenez says her daughter's disappearance is bizarre.

Jimenez says her daughter was not the type of person to go missing without ever calling again.

Investigators say they have not been able to trace Hieber's whereabouts and say she has not used her cell phone or credit card.

"There's been no contact on social media, which is unusual for Emily."

Hieber last posted to her Facebook profile on February 3, 2013, around the same time her family reported her missing.

"There's gotta be somebody out there that knows something and I just want them to give us the answers," Jimenez said.

Again, Hieber's family is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who comes forward with information on her whereabouts.

This reward is on top of the $1,000 being offered by the police department.

If you have any information, you are urged to call 78-CRIME.

Your call will remain anonymous.

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