HAINES CITY, Fla. (WFLA) — Police in Haines City are asking for the public’s help to find a 28-year-old who has been missing since Sunday.
Yanela Lorente was last seen leaving her home on Cherokee Avenue Sunday afternoon. She was last heard from later that night when she texted a family member.
She was reported missing on Monday. The Haines City Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are all searching for her. Lorente’s family has been posting flyers where her car was last seen and spent hours at the police station on Wednesday hoping for some news.
“We’ve been looking, we’ve been searching everywhere, we’ve been putting out flyers everywhere,” said her sister Yanisleidi Lorente. “I’m devastated. Me and her were very close, she raised me when I was younger…”
Lorente was last seen wearing a red and white flannel shirt with long sleeves, a white t-shirt with black letters, short dark-colored shorts and black shoes.
Police say she was driving her white 2013 Kia Optima. The car was later found parked off of Old Polk City Road near the entrance to the FWC Hilochee Osprey Unit Wildlife Reserve.
“Nobody thinks this is right. So, the fact that she left. The fact that she’s not calling her mom, the fact that she hasn’t spoken with her sister like she does several days a week, that’s a problem,” said Haines City Police Chief James Elensky.
“There’s no indication of a fight. She has no history of leaving days at a time without contacting her mom or somebody. There’s just no history of leaving. So the longer this goes on, the more we’re going to suspect foul play.”
Lorente is about 5’04” with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a scar on her right thigh, surgical scars on her abdomen and a belly button piercing.
If you have any information about where Lorente is, or saw her or the car she was driving, you are asked to call (863) 242-2188. You can also submit an anonymous tip through Heartland Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-226-8477.
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