Loved ones are increasingly worried for a Florida city worker who vanished last week.
Mimose Dulcio, 39 — an administrative assistant for the city of Fort Lauderdale — was last seen on Thursday evening near the 400 block of Northwest 30th Avenue in an unincorporated section of central Broward County, the sheriff’s office announced Saturday.
Family members told ABC Miami affiliate WPLG that they became concerned on Friday when they couldn’t reach Dulcio, who was supposed to have the day off for Veteran’s Day.
Dulcio’s sister, Seminta Dulcio, told reporters that she was forced to “bust through her door,” but Mimose wasn’t there, according to NBC Miami affiliate WTVJ.
Inside the three-bedroom residence, relatives found the missing woman’s two cell phones smashed and stuffed into the couch cushions, Fox Miami affiliate WSVN reported. Mimose’s brother, Enel Dulcio, claimed they also discovered that Mimose’s home surveillance cameras had been broken, according to WPLG.
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Her credit cards were also in the home.
“There is no reason for her to disappear knowing that she has that much love,” Enel told the station. “If she disappears, she is not smashing her phones and leaving herself without credit cards, without debit cards.”
Seminta says she last saw her sister after dropping her off at her job on Thursday night at around 6:00 p.m., according to WSVN. Her subsequent texts to Mimose — as well as calls and texts from other relatives — were ignored thereafter.
“I spoke to her; she wasn’t going anywhere, so I know that she was home,” Seminta stated. “The clock is ticking to find Mimose."
It wasn’t immediately clear when Mimose was believed to have returned home from work, or how she got there.
Enel Dulcio said his sister vanished on the same night her estranged husband — whom she was reportedly in the process of divorcing — was scheduled to pick up his belongings, according to WPLG. It’s unclear whether or not law enforcement officials have been in contact with the husband or if he’s believed to be involved in Dulcio’s disappearance.
“I don’t know if he’s a person of interest,” Enel told WTVJ. “If he’s not, why is he not a suspect? This is the only person we know saw her or know that was here when she was here.”
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to requests from Oxygen.com.
“She doesn’t just run away and never come home,” Seminta told WTVJ. “That’s not who she is. This is a grave situation.”
“Something is really wrong,” Enel echoed. “Everyone needs to know.”
Officials with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office canvassed the area over the weekend and surrounded Mimose’s home with crime scene tape, according to WSVN. So far, investigators have released no new updates since their initial release on Saturday.
“We don’t know if she’s alive,” Enel Dulcio told WPLG, describing the waiting process as a form of torture.
“I don’t think any individual should go through that,” he said. I wouldn’t even put that on my worst enemy.”
Mimose Dulcio is a Black woman with black hair and brown eyes, described as being five feet five inches tall and about 170 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Broward County Sheriff’s Office at 1-954-764-4357, BCSO Det. Chris Blankenship at 1-954-321-4268, or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 1-954-493-TIPS.