An investigation is underway after a woman visiting Bloomington, Indiana from abroad reported her assistant, a 28-year-old Ethiopian woman, had gone missing.
Police received the report at about 11:50 a.m. Saturday (Feb 11) from the employer, whose nationality was not listed in the police report, Bloomington Police Department Sgt. Cody Forston said. She told police she and the missing assistant had come to the United States to visit family in Bloomington and were hoping to obtain travel visas while here.
The woman was last seen between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday at her employer’s family’s home on South Ira Street. All of her belongings are gone. Sgt. Forston said police are not yet releasing the woman’s name.
The employer also noted that during a layover in Washington, D.C., the assistant met several men who were also traveling from Ethiopia and struck up a conversationwith them, Forston said. The woman remained in contact with the men via text after they departed, and the employer suggested they may have something to do with her going missing.
Sgt. Forston said the investigation is ongoing and likely to be assigned Monday to a specific detective.