The family of a 21-year-old Napa woman reported missing in Las Vegas is mounting a grassroots campaign in an effort to find her. Emily Fahey was last seen April 4 in Las Vegas, the family said this week.
Emily moved to Las Vegas in February with a boyfriend in the hopes of finding a job, but broke up with her boyfriend, who then returned home to American Canyon on April 1, according to Emily Fahey’s mother, Terri. She now plans to fly to Las Vegas on Friday with her husband, Patrick, and her daughter, Kelly Kent, in an effort to find her.
Emily was last seen April 4 leaving a Motel 6 with a unidentified male, the family said. No one has heard from her since, her mother said.
“We don’t have any idea where she is,” said Terri Fahey, who reported Emily missing on April 11. “I feel like she’s in trouble.”
Emily, the mother of a 18-month-old daughter, either called, videoconferenced or sent notes on Facebook daily, said her father, Patrick Fahey. The elder Faheys share custody of the child with the child’s father.
“We’re really worried that something has happened to her,” Terri Fahey said.
Terri and Patrick Fahey said they offered their daughter a plane ticket home on April 1, but Emily said she wanted to stay in Las Vegas another week. A few days later, all communications stopped.
“It’s scary. It’s totally unlike Emily not to communicate at all,” Patrick Fahey said, referring to his daughter’s disappearance. “As a dad, it’s a scary feeling ... not knowing,” he said.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Marcus Martin on Thursday confirmed Emily was reported missing April 11.
One problem, Martin said, is that so far there is no evidence that Fahey, an adult, left “involuntarily.”
The family has enlisted the help of a private investigator through a nonprofit organization, the Nevada Center for Missing Loved Ones. The group, led by a former police officer, focuses on missing adults.
“She is over 18, so by law we cannot make her go or call home,” said Francis Mahoney, founder of the Nevada Center for Missing Loved Ones.
Terri Fahey and Kelly Kent described Emily, a Vintage High School graduate, as a free spirit who was trying to figure out her life. Growing up, she never ran away from home, her mother said.
Emily loved her daughter, Fahey and Kent said.
So far, the Nevada Center for Missing Loved Ones has posted fliers in the area Emily is known to have gone, Mahoney said.
Martin, the spokesman for the Las Vegas police, said that about 7,500 people are reported missing a year in Las Vegas, a city that attracts about 38 million annual visitors. Of the 7,500 cases, about 48 percent involve missing adults, he said.