Luz Margory Isaza Villegas, 50, was last seen by neighbours in Hertfordshire on Saturday
Detectives today launched an appeal to track down a mother-of-two who went missing near her home two days ago.
Luz Margory Isaza Villegas, 50, was last seen by neighbours on Saturday in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
She spoke to a family member on the phone just before 3.20pm on the same day, which was her last known contact.
Police have arrested a 55-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead in connection with Mrs Villegas’s disappearance and he remains in custody.
Officers today said they were growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.
Mrs Villegas is believed to live with her son Daniel Giraldo Isaza, 25, and daughter Ana Giraldo Giraldo Isaza, 23.
One neighbour, Susan Pepperell, 59, said her husband was walking his dog at the time she was reported missing and saw a large police presence outside the home.
She said: ‘My husband was taking the dog for a walk there were two detective cars, two police cars and vans – the road was full.
Police at the scene in Hemel Hempstead today after Mrs Villegas was reported missing
Forensic officers have been seen looking in bins and searching under a parked car today
Officers today said they were growing increasingly concerned for the mother’s welfare
‘The house has got tape around it. My husband saw police picking things from under the car.’
Another said: ‘Police have been doing door-to-door inquiries asking people when they last saw them and about their behaviour and whether anything had changed.
‘Their daughter, who is in her early 20s, was saying ‘My mum’s missing. Forensics are here searching the bins and they have taped off part of the house.
‘The couple foster children and have a baby at the moment. I saw her about four days ago carrying the baby to the car but I haven’t seen her since.’
Detectives launched an appeal today to track down the mother-of-two after she went missing
She spoke to a family member on the phone on Saturday, which was her last known contact
Neighbours said forensic officers had carried out several objects from inside the home today
Police confirmed a cordon was put in place at the property on the day Mrs Villegas went missing.
Houses on the road sell for up to £300,000 and the area is popular with those who commute into London, a half-hour train journey away.
A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘If you have seen Luz since she was reported missing or have information about where she might have been, please call Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, quoting ISR 679 of January 13.
‘If you believe you are with Luz now or have seen her in the last few moments please call 999 immediately.’