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Aaron Drawhorn, Reporter

Police Expanding Search For Missing Henderson Woman

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Her cell phone hasn't been used since New Year's Day but the family is just holding out hope. Her cell phone hasn't been used since New Year's Day but the family is just holding out hope.

LAS VEGAS, Nv. -- Mariela Moreno disappeared without a trace on New Year's morning and hasn't been heard from since.

Moreno's boyfriend told her family that he dropped her off at her house 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 1st after ringing in 2008 with friends. He says he drove away and never saw her actually make it to the front door.

It seems as if Moreno has vanished without a trace. On Thursday, the search for Mariela Moreno could get some additional help from Metro Police.

Family videos show Mariela celebrating Halloween this last year with her family. She's smiling and dressed as a pirate while partying at the District.

Mariela's 20th birthday was last Oct. and was a joyous occasion. Lately though, her family's smiles have been replaced by tears. It's been very a tough time for Mariela's sister Monica. She says the worst part is not knowing what happened.

"We are very worried about her," she said.

Missing persons posters are on display and police have been searching, but so far, there's no sign of Mariela. Her cell phone hasn't been used since New Year's Day but the family is just holding out hope.

"I feel that she is alive. I feel in my heart. I think that she's okay, but I don't know why she can't communicate with us," said Monica.

She prays that if Mariela is being held against her will, her captors will think of how much she is loved and missed.

"We love you too much and we're waiting that you're back with us," she said.

This investigation will get a boost Thursday. Metro's Missing Persons Detail will meet with Henderson Police Department in the morning to offer up its resources and any assistance.

If you've seen Mariela Moreno, please call CrimeStoppers at 385-5555.

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