Police in Georgia suspect foul play is involved in the disappearance of a Filipino-American woman who has been missing for over two months.
Cecilia Bustamante, 42, was last seen as she was rushing to leave her place of employment, Willy’s restaurant, at the AT&T Midtown Center building in Atlanta, on Friday, October 28.
“I don’t think she voluntarily left Georgia or Chamblee,” Police Capt. Ernesto Ford told reporters earlier this month. “I think she is in grave danger or worse.”
Bustamante was not known to drive a car, and Chamblee city police have not confirmed exactly how she might have gotten home from Atlanta.
Authorities were not notified of the woman’s disappearance until Friday, December 2, after family members noted the wife and mother’s absence from a Thanksgiving celebration in Baltimore, Maryland.
While executing a warrant to inspect the Bustamante’s home, police discovered a small locked safe hidden beneath the bed of her 7-year-old son, according to Ford. After forcing the lockbox open, investigators found firearms, as well as the missing woman’s credit cards, bank card, identification, and passport.
Police also spoke with Bustamante’s husband, Carlo Jonson, who had not filed a missing person’s report.
“He was indifferent in his responses and showed a total lack of concern for his wife’s well-being,” Ford told the Asian Journal during a brief phone interview on Wednesday, December 28.
Jonson said that he did not know where his wife might have gone, but suggested to investigators that she might be in either Baltimore or the Philippines, according to Ford.
He added that authorities have not brought charges against any individual.
Bustamante, Jonson and their son had just relocated to Georgia from Maryland a few years ago and were not known to have relatives elsewhere in the country, according to Ford and Willy Blanco of the Filipino-American Association of Atlanta. They say the family of three had rented an apartment in the Atlanta neighborhood of Lindbergh for about a year before moving to a house in Chamblee.
Blanco said the family had few connections in the local community, making it difficult to find people in the area who knew Bustamante and might have any idea where she went.
However, he said that a few have gotten in touch with investigators with additional information that has yet to be confirmed by authorities. Blanco hopes that others will come forward.
“At this point, we have no suspect and we have not ruled anyone out,” Ford said on Wednesday.
Cecilia Bustamante is described as a 5’3” woman weighing approximately 120lbs. with brown hair and eyes. Anyone who might have any information regarding her whereabouts is urged to call the regional crime stoppers hotline at (404) 577-5477.