Police investigate disappearance of Miramar woman

Valentina Arango last seen Sunday while leaving home, police say

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Roy Ramos - Reporter

MIRAMAR, Fla. - Miramar police are investigating the disappearance of a woman who was last seen around noon Sunday at her home in the 2000 block of Renaissance Boulevard.

According to a police flyer, Valentina Arango left her home in a blue 2015 Toyota Yaris with Florida tag Z01-AXB and arrived at Stetson University Hatter Hall in DeLand around 5 p.m., the GPS on her cellphone showed.

Police said the last transaction made on Arango's debit card occurred Sunday at a Sunoco gas station.

No one could verify to detectives that Arango was spotted at either Hatter Hall or the gas station on Sunday, authorities said.

"I think my daughter is very gullible. She is a very good person, and she thinks everybody is good," Elizabeth Arango said, worried after telling Local 10 News she hasn't seen her daughter since this past Sunday.

Elizabeth Arango spoke with Local 10 News via Facetime after driving up to central Florida, searching the area where a GPS app last traced her daughter's phone before it was turned off.

"I felt that I was very far away and I wanted to see what was going on," she said.

Valentina Arango's plans were to drive up to Stetson University, where she was supposed to check into her dorm room.

"The thing that I didn't like is that instead of stopping at the dorm, she went further up," Elizabeth Arango said. "I don't know what she went to do there, and then she came back."

Elizabeth Arango said she last spoke with her daughter over the phone Tuesday. During the phone conversation, she said, Valentina Arango was whispering, saying she was in the library and couldn't speak out loud. Investigators later learned she wasn't being truthful because cameras never captured her on campus.

"Everybody at home is worried about you," Elizabeth Arango said. "We want you to come home. We love you."

Detectives believe Valentina Arango might be in danger.

Stetson University officials say Valentina Arango was enrolled at the school in the spring, but is not currently enrolled for the fall semester.

"At this time, Stetson is fully cooperating with law enforcement to assist them in their investigation and Stetson Public Safety remains on the lookout for her vehicle on campus," the university said in a statement.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call Detective Nikki Fletcher at 954-602-4131 or email her at nfletcher@miramarpd.org.

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