25 year old Brooklyn resident Laura Garza has been missing since December 3, 2008 when she was last seen at approximately 4 AM leaving a NYC night club, Club Marquee. Laura Garza was last seen with Michael Mele, a convicted sex offender. However, to date Mele has not been charged in Garza’s disappearance.
Missing: Laura Garza
The search for missing Laura Garza continued this past Saturday, 2/28/09, as police and firefighters searched upstate roadways and wooded areas approximately 20 miles west of Newburgh, NY.
Volunteers spent Saturday searching for Laura Garza. The 25-year-old was last seen Dec. 3 with convicted sex offender Michael Mele in Newburgh, about 60 miles north of New York City. Police say Mele is a person of interest. He hasn’t been charged in Garza’s disappearance.
Saturday’s search focused on areas about 20 miles west of Newburgh, near where police in December found a piece of carpet they believe may be from Mele’s apartment.
UPDATE I: Laura Garza search turns up no clues as authorities probe Bullville, Circleville areas
The search for missing Brooklynite Laura Garza continued Saturday as more than 200 police and volunteer firefighters combed the roadsides and woods of northern Orange County.
The searched split into 13 teams and inched through country roads, woods and fields near the hamlets of Bullville and Circleville. The operation began at 8 a.m. and the crews planned to keep looking until 5 p.m.
Search for Missing Brooklyn Woman Continues in Orange Co.
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25 year old Laura Garza has been missing since Wednesday morning, December 3, 2008. Laura Garza from Bay Ridge was last seen leaving a Manhattan nightclub, The Marquee, at 4 am with two men. Police fear that she may have been harmed by a convicted sex offender. Police described Garza as 5-feet-2 and 120 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
“We suspect foul play and are concerned for her safety,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said yesterday.
Police last night were questioning one of the two men, a 25-year-old once convicted of a sex crime, after going to his home in Wallkill, in upstate Orange County.
Investigators did not find Garza at the house, but they found a piece of carpet mysteriously cut out from its place on the floor, a police source said. Blood stains were also found in the house.
Laura Garza was captured on club video tape reported leaving the night club with two men willingly. However, did Laura Garza know who or what she was leaving the club with?
At some point, Garza split up from her friend and was captured on video leaving the location with her dancing partner and another man.
She appeared to have left with them willingly, and didn’t look intoxicated, police sources said.
Sources said the men drove with her upstate. At some point, one got out and went home.
Witnesses at the club told cops that the men with whom Garza was spotted leaving were “regulars,” and were able to identify them. This led cops to the upstate home of the sex offender, sources said.
Investigators believe that whatever happened to Garza occurred upstate, and the New York State Police are now leading the investigation.
Two Men questioned in the case of missing Laura Garza
On Friday night, the police were questioning two people they suspected were involved in Ms. Garza’s disappearance, said Paul J. Browne, the chief police spokesman.
“We suspect foul play and are concerned for her safety,” he said. “Detectives identified two men who were seen leaving the club with her and determined that both of them reside outside the city in upstate New York.”
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UPDATE I: ‘BLOODY SUV’ IN CLUB-GAL HUNT PERV’S CALL TO PAL EYED IN LAURA GARZA ‘MURDER’
Cops hunting a woman who disappeared from a Manhattan nightclub towed a bloodstained SUV from their prime suspect’s upstate family home today – hours after the sexual deviant called a pal begging him not to speak to police, sources said.
Investigators searched lakes and a wooded area near Michael Mele’s family’s Middletown house for Laura Garza, 25, whose case is being treated as a homicide.
Another police source said bloodstains were found in the SUV.
Cops also said they found a piece of carpet mysteriously cut out in an apartment Mele maintains near the family home. More blood was allegedly found in the house.
Neighbors said landscapers working on the property discovered a knife, which they turned over to police.
UPDATE II: Man seen with missing NYC woman jailed in Rockland
The Rockland County Sheriff’s Department says 23-year-old Michael Mele, a registered sex offender, is being held on $50,000 bail.
Detective Lt. William Barbera says Mele violated the terms of his probation by consuming alcohol and by failing to report to his probation officer. Mele’s attorney did not return a message seeking comment.
Mele and another man were seen leaving a Manhattan nightclub early Wednesday with 25-year-old Laura Garza.
UPDATE III: Police divers now searching east side of Echo Lake for Garza
State police divers are now searching the east side of Echo Lake in their continued search for clues about the disappearance of Brooklynite Laura Garza.
Seven divers have been at the lake since this morning, working in bitterly-cold water and under the 5-inch-thick ice.
They’s been working by feel in the water that’s obscured by mud and silt. The lake is split by Echo Lake Road in the Town of Wawayanda. Having finished a search of the west side of the lake, divers turned their attention Thursday afternoon to the east side.
Police divers were last at Echo Lake on Dec. 23, 2008.
UPDATE IV: Laura Garza’s family puts missing-person poster on front door of Michael Mele’s parents’ house