Reward, Criminal Investigation in Search for Missing California Woman Jolissa Fuentes

Neither a $10,000 reward nor a volunteer dive team have located a California woman who disappeared more than three weeks ago, and her family remains worried.

The Selma Police Department announced earlier this month that the case of 22-year-old Jolissa Fuentes, who pulled out of a convenience store gas station on August 7 and vanished, is now a criminal investigation.

Fuentes’s aunt, Joann Branda, told KSEE that “we all feel that she’s to there somewhere, we just need to get her.”

As CrimeOnline previously reported, attended a gathering the night of August 6, leaving there around 3 a.m to retrieve some belongings. At 4 a.m., she was seen on video at an AM/PM station, where she made a purchase and got back in her car. The video shows her leaving the station, but not in the direction to her home.

About an hour and a half later, Fuentes made two phone calls to her sister who didn’t answer. And that was the last anyone heard from her.

The family told investigators that Fuentes spent a lot of time around Avocado and Pine Flat lakes, and phone records show her phone pinging from that area. The volunteer dive team Adventures with Purpose — which earlier this month located the vehicle and body of Kiely Rodni in Prosser Reservoir — searched those two lakes last week, but turned up nothing.

Branda said that means the hunt for her niece can move in a different direction.

“We want to get to her, we’re trying so hard to get to her,” she said. “I mean at least it helped relieve us, of those thoughts so now we can move on from that.”

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[Featured image: Jolissa Fuentes/Facebook]