Three Charlotte families are pleading for the safe return of their missing loved ones as new details emerge about their relationship. Sandy Le, Alexandro "Alex" Castillo and Ahmia Feaster have not been seen since last week.
Le was last seen on Tuesday and Castillo and Feaster were last seen on Wednesday.
Right now, police are looking for Le's car, a black four-door, 2003 Toyota Corolla with NC tag ZVE-1262. Feaster's car was found in Dulin Creek Saturday.
There is a $10,000 reward for information.
Two moms received phone calls on Saturday from their kids, but they think they were forced.
Feaster's family can't understand what happened to the smart 19-year-old who was supposed to start at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Monday. They have her scrapbook and box of awards, but not her. They said she called her mom on Saturday.
"It's hard to believe that we don't know where she is, she wouldn't disclose where she was," said Julia Hemphill about the phone call Monice McIver received from Ahmia. Hemphill is Feaster's godmother.
McIver had a difficult time talking about the situation, but said after the call she didn't trust that her daughter was OK.
"Alexandro's mom got a call as well and, based on what she saing something is not right," McIver said.
All three families worked together on Saturday posting fliers. On Sunday, 17-year-old Alex Castillo's mom, Alma Sanchez, went to the hospital. She told private investigator Jennifer Simmons she was not feeling well.
"If somebody see helping. Alex no puedo mas," Sanchez said, pleading for the public to give information and for her son to help her.
Feaster's family said Alex and Ahmia are dating. They believe Sandy Le and Alex dated previously.
"The biggest connection is that they all worked together at Showmars," Hemphill said. "So, both young ladies knew each other."
Sandy Le's family isn't sure if Alex and Sandy were more than friends. Monday, they put up more fliers in the same neighborhood where Ahmia Feaster's car was found - Dulin Creek. They wanted to make sure Sunday's rain didn't hurt the work they did on Saturday.
"We still love her and we want her to be back safely. Tell her we're not going to give up until she comes home," said Bobby Le, Sandy Le's uncle.
Sandy Le's family is from Vietnam. Her father, Phat Le, shared a message that she would understand, explaining her grandmother and uncle are flying in Monday night. The Le family hired private investigator Jennifer Simmons. She said all the families are working together.
Simmons said bank statements show Le's last transaction was taking out $1,000 from her account.
"It obviously had to do with money, so we're kind of heading in that direction. The phone calls that the parents did receive that they're okay, like I said earlier, we think that was a forced phone call, that they were forced to make. Nobody is thinking that they're safe," Simmons said.
The families are trying to put together their own timelines and help police in whatever way they can. There is a reward for information. And the police department has the Violent Crimes Division investigating the case.
Anyone who sees or has information about these three missing persons or the vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately. Detective J.L. Tuttle is the lead detective in the case.
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