Frantic search underway for missing woman

February 23, 2009 4:54:53 AM PST
A woman is missing after running errands. And now, her family is worried something's happened to her. It's been a little more than a day since the woman disappeared. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Investigators say she'd been shopping in the Willowbrook area Saturday. Her truck was later found in a parking lot off Highway 249 and Spring Cypress in northwest Harris County.

Sabrina Pina's mother is pleading for help. It's been more than 24 hours since anyone in her family has heard from the 27-year-old.

"I spoke with her Friday evening and she seemed fine," said Mary Helen Tolentino, Sabrian's mother. "She had plans to do a couple of errands on Saturday."

Sabrina's family says they know she had been shopping in the Willowbrook area. She had called her husband as she made several stops at Lens Crafters, Target, Home Depot and management at a nearby Sonic says they have video of her vehicle making a stop there.

"We're Christians and we believe in faith. We go to mass all the time," said Edward Pina, Sabrina's husband. "We are honest people."

Edward says they had dinner plans, but she never showed up.

"The thing is she's a very punctual person," he said. "I left work around 5 and called and it went straight to voice mail."

The family quickly mobilized help from friends, family and church members and spent the day passing out flyers and mapping out searches of the area.

Edward says they have been happily married for three years and he's not aware of any problems at home or at her work.

Pina's father, Rolando Tolentino, found her truck in the parking lot of Kohl's about a mile and a half from their home.

"The glove box was closed. The packages were in the back. I just assumed she was out shopping and forgot her dinner appointment," he said.

"I'm really trying to stay positive and optimistic that we are going to be able to find her," added Mary Helen.

But until then, it's a mystery that for Sabrina's family.

"We don't want to fear the worst, but it's on the back of our minds for sure," said Rolando. "It's very unlike her not show up."

The family says Sabrina was shopping in the Willowbrook area from about 10:30am until at least 1:30pm Saturday. They are asking anyone who was in that area to come forward if they may have seen Sabrina or something suspicious.

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Monday marks three weeks since another Houston-area woman, Susana DeJesus, disappeared. Investigators say she was kidnapped and forced into her car at gunpoint outside her job in Pearland on February 2. Her car was later found in southwest Houston, but there's been no sign of her. Her family tells us they're still holding out hope she'll be found.

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