Ex-Newburgh Teacher Now Missing Under ‘Suspicious Circumstances’
Many new details and photos are emerging as police ask for help in the search for a former Hudson Valley teacher who's been missing for over a week.
On Tuesday, New Windsor police announced 36-year-old Jessica Lopez is now considered missing under "suspicious circumstances."
On Sunday, police said Lopez was last seen during the evening hours of Nov. 1 near her vehicle outside of her home on Dubois Street in the City of Newburgh. Her car was found days later in the Town of Newburgh. On Nov. 1, Lopez was at the Chili's in Newburgh. Her friend drove her to her home in the City of Newburgh where she got into her car.
Police now say Lopez was last seen at the Windsor Motel on Rt 9W in the Town of New Windsor in the early morning hours of Nov. 3, according to new details released by police on Tuesday. She hasn't been seen or heard from since. Lopez's family says it's very out of character of her to be at the motel, NewsSource reports.
Lopez’s silver 2005 Toyota Camry, NY Registration JDC9597, was found Showtime Cinema on Route 300 in the Town of Newburgh, as previously reported. Police are now asking for the community’s help in determining where her vehicle traveled on Sunday, Nov. 3, before it was parked at Showtime Cinema. Anyone who may have seen Lopez’s vehicle between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, is asked to contact police. Photos of her car can be seen below.
Police are also urging local businesses and homeowners to review their security camera footage during this timeframe to see if her vehicle happens to be captured on video.
Lopez is described as being 5'3" and 135 pounds with light brown eyes and brown hair with highlights, she goes by the name "Yessica." Her brother says the former Newburgh teacher recently quit her job working as a health clinic in Newburgh to care for their sick father. Their brother, Franklin Lopez, died in December 2018.
The Town of New Windsor Police Department is now the lead agency investigating this missing person report. Since taking over the investigation, police investigators have followed up on over 200 leads. In addition to following up on leads, over the past several days an extensive ground search has been undertaken in the Northern New Windsor area including areas in the City and Town of Newburgh.
This matter is still under active investigation and police are continuing to follow up on several leads. Anyone that may know something about Lopez’s whereabouts is urged to call the New Windsor Police immediately at (845)565-7000.
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