Police in Colorado have discovered an abandoned car belonging to a woman who has been missing since early January, after reportedly confronting her fiance and his suspected lover about their affair.
Marlena Mizell, 49, a mother of three and a grandmother, was reported missing by her family on January 2. She was last seen pumping gas at the Rainbow Grocery in South Fork at around noon.
Her cellphone last pinged north of Dulce, New Mexico, which is 44 miles away from the location of her last sighting.
Marlena Mizell, 49, was last seen leaving a gas station in South Fork, Colorado, on the noon of January 2. Mizell is a mother of three and a grandmother
Mizell’s daughters said on the morning of her disappearance, their mother went to confront her fiance (left) and a woman believed to be his lover about an alleged affair
Mizell’s blue 2011 Ford Focus hatchback with a Texas license plate was located in the South Fork area this week
This map shows the location of Mizell’s last sighting in South Fork and where her phone pinged for the last time in Dulce, New Mexico
Earlier this week, authorities in Colorado confirmed that they located Mizell’s blue 2011 Ford Focus hatchback with a Texas license plate in the South Fork area, but as of Wednesday they have yet to recover the vehicle due to inclement weather conditions, reported Del Norte Prospector.
Last week, Mizell’s grown daughters, Sarah Ferguson and Megan Mizell, revealed in an interview with Tyson Draper, the host of the YouTube show Tyger True Crime, that their mother vanished a day after disseminating nude photos of her fiance’s alleged lover.
Megan Mizell said she last spoke to her mother on the phone at 10.16am on the morning of her disappearance, and she said it was a ‘semi-normal’ conversation that lasted a couple of minutes.
‘But at the very end she said, “I love you, Megan,” in a way that I’m not used to, so that kind of raised some concerns with me,’ she recalled.
Megan said the family have since learned that less than 15 minutes after Marlena got off the phone with her daughter, she allegedly went to confront her fiance and a woman named Jennifer about their affair.
Mizell’s phone has not been answering and there has been no activity on her bank account
Megan also claimed that on that same day, Jennifer went to pick up her husband from a halfway house, which coincided with Mizell’s disappearance.
The owner of the Rainbow Lodge cabins where Mizell had been staying staying saw her drive away at around noon, but said her fiance stayed there for the rest of the night, waiting for her to return.
A month after Mizell’s disappearance, her fiance, Kurt, posted a message on Facebook that read: ‘My fiancé has been missing now 30 days. It been a heart breaking crisis in our family and we’re all praying for her safe return. I pray every day God brings Marlena back to me , and her whole family safely and soon. We haven’t found any trace of her car, her, or anything she left out of here with, which is very Little.’
Mizell’s daughters said their mother was planning to return to her native Texas at the time she went missing.
In describing her mother, Megan said she would not have shied away from a physical confrontation, if provoked.
On February 14, Megan Mizell, Marlena’s daughter, was interviewed by YouTube host Tyson Draper about her mother’s missing person case
Megan Mizell and her sister, Sarah Ferguson (right), have been raising awarness of their mother’s disappearance on social media
Mizell’s daughters said her phone has not been answering and there has been no activity on her bank account.
Police have not said whether they are suspecting foul play. So far, no one has been identified as a suspect or a person of interest, and no arrests have been made.
Mizell was last seen wearing a black one-piece pants jumpsuit. She has brown hair and blue eyes, high cheek bones and scars on her chin and neck. She has two tattoos: a hummingbird near her stomach and a butterfly on her ankle.
Mizell takes medication daily that she is without and may require medical attention.
Anyone with information on the woman’s whereabouts is being asked to contact the South Fork Police Department at 719-873-1040.