SOUTH FORK — For the past several months law enforcement agencies on the west end of the San Luis Valley have been searching for 49-year-old Marlena Mizell and have had very little to go on. According to a report from South Fork Police Department Chief Hank Weber, the vehicle, a blue 2012, four-door Ford Focus was located.
“We are not releasing a lot of information at this time including the location of the vehicle for safety reasons. We are waiting for weather and snow to change in order to recover the vehicle from its location but as of today, Monday, Feb. 22 Mizell remains missing,” said Weber.
According to reports coming from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Mizell was reported missing by family on Jan. 2 of this year. In reports submitted to investigators it was determined that Mizell was last seen leaving the Rainbow Grocery store in South Fork at around noon on Jan. 2.
Later reports stated that Mizell’s cell phone was pinged through tracking in an area of Dulce, N.M. which is about 40 miles away from where she was last seen. The vehicle that was located is not in the N.M. area but is near South Fork.
“The Colorado State Patrol is in charge of the investigation of the vehicle and are awaiting safer conditions before furthering their search,” said Weber.
Anyone who has further information pertaining to this case should contact South Fork Police Department at 719-873-1040 or the Colorado State Patrol.