A family in southern California is heartbroken and desperate for answers after 19-year-old Andrea Vazquez was allegedly kidnapped over the weekend.
police have said The teenager was abducted from a Whittier Park car park just after midnight on Sunday.
Vazquez was reportedly at Penn Park with her boyfriend when an armed suspect approached her vehicle and fired a gun in her direction.
Vazquez’ sister Edlyn said ABC 7 that the friend fled the scene during the shooting and, upon returning, found that Vazquez had disappeared.
The friend allegedly “turned his back to ask for help,” the sister said.
Whittier Police said he spotted blood near his vehicle.
“Investigators are actively working on this investigation and are following up any leads,” the department added.
Vazquez, a Los Angeles County resident, was described as of Hispanic descent, 5’7″ tall, weighing 110 lbs, with brownish-red hair and brown eyes.
According to police, she was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved crop top, khaki pants and black low-top Converse shoes.
The teen also reportedly has a tattoo that reads “Edlyn” on the back of her neck, as well as a tattoo of the Aries constellation on the top of her right hand.
She also has a belly button piercing.
Vazquez’s family have issued several heartbreaking pleas for her return, with her mother Anna calling the incident “a pain no one deserves.”
“She was my everything,” she said said KCAL.
Vazquez’ sister described the 19-year-old as a “homebody” and her “best friend.”
“It’s hard to settle down, it just feels guilty to sleep at all.”
The sister also revealed that she was able to track Vazquez’s location using her iPhone’s “Find My Friend” GPS feature.
For a few minutes, she could see Vazquez’s location “on the way down.”
“I started following it and the location stopped in the Moreno Valley and that’s the last known location I have of her.”
As police continue to investigate Vazquez’s disappearance, authorities have indicated they believe she may be in serious danger.
“We think Andrea was hit, that’s what her boyfriend says, who saw blood oozing from somewhere on her body,” Moses Castillo, a retired LAPD detective, told ABC 7.
“We know this case has taken us as far as Moreno Valley. It can be anywhere from Riverside County to LA County. We are very concerned.”
The Whittier Police Department did not immediately respond to the US Sun’s request for comment.