Police are searching for missing woman Nikki Alcaraz and fear she is in danger.
The 33-year-old mother made a cross-country trip from Tennessee to California with boyfriend Steven Tyler Stratton before they both disappeared on May 6.
The couple drove a black 2013 Jeep Wrangler with Tennessee plates.
Alcaraz’ family claims Stratton attacked them while they were at home New Mexiconot long before she went missing.
The Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office shared a photo of her with a black eye and bruises on her arm.
A May 4 report by the Torrance County Sheriff’s Department indicated that witnesses claimed Stratton punched Alcaraz in the face, and he claimed he was also punched. However, neither of them decided to press charges and were released.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or chat at thehotline.org.
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Gabby Petito page reports that Steve’s family has stopped communicating
“Steven’s family has NOT filed a missing person’s report for him,” according to the Gabby Petito Foundation claims on a Facebook page dedicated to finding missing persons.
“His family has stopped communicating with family and law enforcement.”
Gabby Petito Foundation shares updates
The Gabby Petito Foundation addressed Nikki’s case.
“Nikki’s last text message was sent on May 8, 2023 in the early hours of the morning, then her phone and location were turned off,” reads part of the post.
“Nikki was on an overland trip with Steven Tyler Stratton to meet up with a family member in California.”
“The relationship has aroused domestic violence and the family believes she is in grave danger.”
Friend appeals on social media
Nikki’s friend issue a plea on Facebook to be found. She wrote:
“I need you to be okay nikki! Your family and especially your babies need you! We love you and will not stop looking until you are found.
Everyone… EVERYONE… please let us know if you know anything about their whereabouts. If necessary, you can remain anonymous. ANY INFORMATION is greatly appreciated, no matter how small or big. Please write me a private message or notify the authorities as they are now involved in the missing persons case.
Finally…PLEASE PRAY! PLEASE SHARE! Help us bring Nikki home!”
Nikki Alcaraz and her boyfriend reportedly had a fight days earlier
A May 4 report by the Torrance County Sheriff’s Department showed that witnesses claimed Steven punched Nikki in the face, and he claimed he was also punched.
However, neither of them decided to press charges and both were released.
The Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office shared a photo of Nikki suffering from a black eye and bruises on her arm.
It is unclear when these photos were taken.
Tennessee woman disappears
Nikki Alcaraz was last seen on May 6 after leaving for an overland trip with her boyfriend.
Steven Tyler Stratton is also missing because he too has disappeared.
They were driving a black 2013 Jeep Wrangler.