Police Continue Investigation into Missing Troy Woman
The search has been suspended again in Troy, and there's no word yet if crews have found any hard evidence in the disappearance of Noel Alkaramla. The 21-year-old has not been seen for two weeks. Time Warner Cable News' Geoff Redick was at the waterfront all day.
TROY, N.Y. -- Sara Moore says she wishes it was all a joke. The reality, though, is her partner Noel Alkaramla has now been missing for two weeks.
"It tears me up every day," Moore said. "I just can't cry no more — I just sit there and wonder. And just thoughts and anger is coming out of me."
The investigation has turned up little, or at least little police are willing to share. By mid-afternoon Monday, the fourth day searching the Hudson, new clues were few.
"They've found a lot of different things that are not germane to our case — a washing machine, some pellet pistols and other things down there," said Troy Police Capt. Dan DeWolf. "I'm sure they'll continue to find stuff. It's a city river."
But there's little in the way of evidence dealing with Noel Alkaramla's case.
The same day police began searching the river, they arrested Noel's stepfather, 39-year-old Johnny Oquendo. The crime was a parole violation. Police have not said whether the arrest is related to Noel's disappearance.
Sara Moore says Alkaramla had a checkered relationship with her stepfather. After Noel's disappearance, Moore says the stepfather vanished, too.
"I get a text from him, 'I'm not going into work tomorrow.' And he disappeared," Moore said. "That's when he was on the run, and now he's in jail for parole violation, and I'm not sure what it is."
Moore is not sure, either, if Oquendo had something to do with Noel's disappearance. But she says signs are pointing in his direction. And each day without knowing is one more day she wonders about Noel.
"I was all she had, literally," Moore said. "I was all she had. And for her just to up and leave like that and disappear, it's heartbreaking. And it's destroying me every day until I get answers."
DeWolf expects state police search crews to be back in the water again, either until they find something or decide that nothing meaningful is down there.