LANCASTER – May 19 will mark one year since Littlerock resident Monique “Mo” Figueroa went missing. Family members and loved ones are holding a vigil in Lancaster this Sunday to bring renewed attention to the young mother’s disappearance.
The entire Antelope Valley community is invited to this event, which will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at American Legion Hall, located at 44355 East 40th Street in Lancaster.
The event will feature live music, a potluck, and a bounce house to keep young ones entertained, according to organizers.
“May 11 is her birthday and May 19 marks the one year anniversary of her disappearance. We picked the 15th for a celebration of her life,” organizers said on a flyer promoting the event. View it here.
Monique has been missing since May 19, 2015, at approximately 4 a.m., when she was last seen driving from her residence in the 7200 block of East Avenue U-12 in Littlerock.
Her abandoned 2004 Mercedes Benz was found May 30, 2015, off a road in Juniper Hills, which prompted authorities to release a “Missing Person” Special Bulletin. (Read it here.)
Monique’s vehicle is not burgundy, as stated in the LASD bulletin; it is black with black rims, family members said. Monique’s father, Jeff Figueroa, believes his daughter may have been abducted.
“Somebody ran her car off the road before it was dumped in a field,” Jeff Figueroa said last year. He said he was told there was “evidence of a struggle on the car.” Monique’s family members have launched a fundraising campaign to pay for missing person flyers, media advertisement and a private investigator in hopes of getting answers.
Sunday’s event will raise funds for the private investigator, for a monetary reward for information on Monique’s whereabouts, and for the “sad possibility of funeral expenses,” organizers said.
Residents unable to attend this event are encouraged to donate to the “Finding Mo” fund by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/findingmo.
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