LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week approved a $10,000 reward for information in the case of Monique Figueroa, the Littlerock mother who went missing under suspicious circumstances more than a year ago.
Figueroa, the mother of a 2-year-old daughter, was last seen by her father driving away from her home in the 7200 block of East Avenue U-12 about 4 a.m. on May 19, 2015, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Her 2004 Mercedes-Benz was found abandoned in the Juniper Hills area 12 days later, and authorities said there was evidence of foul play.
“Investigators have spoken to everyone possible that she had contact with. They have checked cell phone records and bank records with no activity. Investigators have exhausted all leads and clues that they have received and are currently handling this case as a homicide,” according to the motion submitted Supervisor Michael Antonovich. [Read it here.]
Jeff Figueroa told ABC7 the day after his daughter’s car was found that her boyfriend had been recently arrested in a murder case and she was known to hang out with gang members. He said he believed some of those acquaintances feared she would become a witness against them. Her father begged her captors to free her and told the station that he received a text from his daughter the day after she vanished, saying, “Had to leave; love you; be back soon.’” [View the ABC7 news story here.]
Investigators are hoping a monetary reward will prompt reluctant witnesses to come forward.
“The Board of Supervisors offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the person(s) of this heinous crime” according to the supervisor’s motion.
Anyone with more information on the Monique Figueroa case is encouraged to contact sheriff’s Detective Karen Shonka at 323-890-5621 or Detective Wayne Holston 323-574-2437.
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