Sunnyside, WA – It’s been almost four months since Jennifer Caridad disappeared and there are still no answers as to what happened to her. Her family is asking for help in finding her.
Jennifer Caridad was last seen on August 8, 2021 with boyfriend Aurelio Escobar. One of Jennifer’s friends said the couple had a fight that day.
On August 9, Yakima police responded to a robbery and shooting near Lake Berglund in Yakima. Escobar allegedly shot a member of a rival gang and stole his car while fishing with his daughter. There, the police ran into Jennifer Caridad’s truck. It looked like he had been abandoned.
On August 10, the YPD gang unit searched the lake and found rags with blood stains and cleaning products. A dead dog from the coroner’s office joined the search but returned empty.
Police also requested Jennifer’s phone records, but they were not helpful in locating her.
On August 11, the Major Crime Unit searched the western shore of Lake Berglund and found Jennifer’s clothes, shoes and handbag. They also found a blue tarp with blood on it. Throughout this, Escobar was committing a wave of crime across Washington and Oregon. That day, he was involved in a shooting in Medford, Oregon, which led to his arrest.
Escobar was charged with assault and first degree robbery. There are no charges against him in connection with Jennifer’s disappearance.
Lake Berglund has been excavated a few times, as have Lake Rotary and the Yakima River. Each time, the police came empty.
The blood found in Jennifer’s car was sent to the Washington State Crime Lab to see if it belonged to her. However, due to a backlog caused by the pandemic, it could still take months.
Jennifer’s mother Lonor Vargas said they were frustrated not knowing if it was her blood or what had happened to her.
“What’s wrong with her? Is she in pain, does anyone beat her, is she cold? I don’t know,” Vargas said.
She asked Escobar’s mother for help by asking her to convince her son to tell where Jennifer is and help from the public if he knows anything.
“Please help me find my daughter. I’m begging. It means everything,” Vargas said. “Justice for my daughter. This is not an item you can forget.”
Jennifer’s friend Gloria Flores also asks Escobar to cooperate with the police and talk about what happened on the day she went missing.
“Even though this argument escalated,” Flores said.
Jennifer is 24 years old. She weighs 120 pounds and is five feet and four inches tall. The Sunnyside Police Department is still investigating this matter and asks anyone with information to call (509) 836-6200.