Missing former Stetson student could be in danger, police say

Valentina Arango last seen Sunday while leaving home

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Lauren Cervantes - Reporter

MIRAMAR, Fla. - Miramar police are investigating the disappearance of a woman who was last seen around noon Sunday at her home in the 2000 block of Renaissance Boulevard.

According to a police flyer, Valentina Arango left her home in a blue 2015 Toyota Yaris with Florida tag Z01-AXB and arrived at Stetson University's Hatter Hall in DeLand around 5 p.m., the GPS on her cellphone showed.

University officials said Arango attended the school in spring but is not enrolled for the fall semester.

Police said the last transaction made on Arango's debit card occurred Sunday at a Sunoco gas station.

No one could verify to detectives that Arango was spotted at either Hatter Hall or the gas station Sunday, authorities said.

"At this time, Stetson is fully cooperating with law enforcement to assist them in their investigation and Stetson Public Safety remains on the lookout for her vehicle on campus," university officials said.

Police said Arango's mother last spoke with her daughter Tuesday and no one has heard from her since.

Her mother has a message for her daughter and said: "We're all concerned about you, Valentina. Please come home, please tell us you're OK or ... or send a message, something. If you're not able to, try to turn on that phone, try to do something so we can help you."

Detectives believe Arango might be in danger.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call Detective Nikki Fletcher at 954-602-4131 or email her at nfletcher@miramarpd.org.

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