More than a year after a California woman and her teen daughter vanished, investigators announced that they believe the pair might have been abducted.
Amber Aiaz, 35 — also known as Mei Yi Wu — and her 13-year-old daughter Melissa Fu were last seen on Nov. 22, 2019, at their apartment in Irvine, the Irvine Police Department said Friday in a press release. Information was scarce at the time of their disappearance, but now Irvine Police detectives "have developed reason to believe the two were possibly kidnapped."
The day the pair vanished, Aiaz’s husband claimed that a man and a woman who appeared to be of Chinese descent knocked on their door, the police stated. The husband said he was “immediately rendered unconscious by an unknown substance,” according to authorities. He said Aiaz and Fu had vanished when he came to.
Aiaz’s husband said he didn’t recognize the man or woman who knocked at the door. Investigators hope that others in the apartment complex may have seen the mystery pair. The woman is described as standing 5 foot 8 inches tall with an average build. She had black hair in a bun, and is in her 40s. The man has been described as standing about 5 foot 10 inches. He is believed to be 190 pounds with an average build, and short black hair. He is also in his 40s, according to the husband. The two may have left in a black Cadillac, of unknown model.
Aiaz is 5 foot 9 inches, 180 pounds, with medium length black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing “a black shirt, black vest, fitted black pants with white writing, and light-colored shoes,” according to the press release. Fu was last seen wearing a black tracksuit. She is 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds, with medium-length dark brown hair and eyes.
The FBI had joined the investigation to assist local police. They have offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the missing mom and teen. Anyone with information is urged to call the Los Angeles FBI Field Office at (310) 477-6565. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online.
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