She had a worried look on her face and a picture of parents in her hand.
El Paso elementary school teacher Morayma Chavez-Esquivel showed up at the 7th Annual Border Security Conference at UTEP looking for help.
Her mother and father, she said, have been missing in Jurez since Thursday.
“I just need my parents back,” Chavez-Esquivel told ABC-7, tears in her eyes.
She said her parents, Ernesto Chavez, 72, and Elvira Chavez, 73, live in El Paso but have a home in Jurez which she said they’ve been visiting as they help another daughter take care of her children.
Chavez-Esquivel said the house is in a semi-guarded neighborhood in Jurez just across the border from El Paso’s Ascarate Park.
She said a neighbor last spotted her parents Wednesday evening.
When the family didn’t hear from them Thursday, they stopped by the Jurez house only to find the couple was missing.
Everything else inside the home, they said, was left in tact.
“It was not a forced entry,” said Chavez-Esquivel. “The key was inside the house, the lights were on, everything was in place.”
She added she fears for her mother’s life because Elvira Chavez is a diabetic and her insulin was left behind.
Chavez-Esquivel has filed a missing persons report in Jurez. She was told she would have to wait for her parents to be missing 48 hours before she could file one in El Paso.