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Edward Lawrence

One Year Later: Everlyse is Still Missing

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Everlyse's foster parents, Manny and Vhee Carrascal. Everlyse's foster parents, Manny and Vhee Carrascal.
The biological mother of Everlyse Cabrera, Marlena Olivas. The biological mother of Everlyse Cabrera, Marlena Olivas.
The biological father of Everlyse Cabrera, Ernest Cabrera. The biological father of Everlyse Cabrera, Ernest Cabrera.

"The fact is our daughter is gone and we cannot go on with our lives until we know what happened to her. We will never give up," said the biological mother of Everlyse Cabrera, Marlena Olivas. The parents of the local toddler who went missing exactly one year ago this week say they aren't giving up hope.

It's hard to believe, but it was exactly one year ago when 2-and-a-half-year-old Everlyse Cabrera vanished from her foster parents North Las Vegas home. That day, her foster parents told police the toddler opened the front door and just walked away without them noticing.

A year later, her biological parents went back to the home and say they are demanding answers.

It was very emotional for the biological parents of Everlyse Cabrera to go back to the place where she disappeared. The Department of Family Services took Everlyse away from her mother and placed her with Manny and Vhee Carrascal. A year ago this week, she disappeared and the Carrascals still refuse to help police.

Not much has changed over the year in the neighborhood where Everlyse disappeared. Not much has changed with the investigation into what happened to her either. So, one year to the date, Everlyse's biological parents returned to the house where their daughter vanished.

"When CPS [Child Protective Services] takes your kids out of your care because they say you cannot care for them and then they put them somewhere like this, not only has CPS not been held responsible, but these people have not been held responsible," said Olivas.

Family services placed Everlyse with Manny and Vhee Carrascal. On June 10, 2006, the foster family told police the child pushed a chair to the door, unlocked it, and walked away. They have not talked with police or anyone else about that day since -- and would not open the door for us.

Ernest Cabrera, Everlyse's biological father said, "We cannot go on like this. We definitely need to know anything... anything at all."

Olivas said, "How can anyone feel safe with their kids running around playing outside. No one knows what these people did with my daughter. No one knows if she really walked out the front door or if these people really did something to her.

Olivas refuses to give up hope and will not believe that Everlyse is dead. In fact, she is taking money from an insurance settlement over this case and offering a new reward.

"Me and Everlyse's father, we are offering a $50,000 reward for anyone that may help us find her and $20,000 for any information.

The biological parents set up a MySpace page with pictures of their missing daughter, Everlyse. It has pictures of Everlyse's younger brother, who was also placed with the Carrascals and is now back with the biological parents.

North Las Vegas police are just as frustrated with the foster parents but have not given up. Sean Walker, of North Las Vegas Police said, "It's scary. It's scary. We are going to find this little girl. I really believe we are going to find her. I hope it's not too late."

The leads are few and far between now, but North Las Vegas Police hopes this story may generate some tips.

Email your comments to Reporter Edward Lawrence.

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