GAITHERSBURG, Md. - A teen girl, whose cousin vanished before being found dead in a gang-related murder earlier this month, has been reported missing, police say.
Police say 18-year-old Angelica Ivania Barahona-Rivas was last seen at her work at the Wok Express located on Lost Knife Road in Gaithersburg Saturday night.
Barahona-Rivas was the cousin of Damaris Alexandra Reyes, a 15-year-old Maryland girl who was reported missing in December of last year and whose remains were found near Lake Accotink Park in Springfield two weeks ago.
Police have charged several people in connection to Reyes’ murder which is believed to be gang-related.
The owners of the Wok Express told FOX 5 that Barahona-Rivas was on the phone before leaving abruptly before the end of her shift on Saturday. Her aunt, who is Reyes’mother, said they all lived together and that she was the one who reported her missing.
Exclusive video obtained from the shopping center where Barahona-Rivas worked shoes the girl leaving the restaurant Saturday night.
Barahona-Rivas is 5-foot-3-inches-tall and weighs 150 pounds. At the time she left work she was wearing a tan shirt, tan skirt, a gray jacket, black boots, and was carrying a pink purse. Investigators believe there may be some indication that Barahona-Rivas may be in the New Jersey area.
Police have not connected this case to any other cases at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000.
Below is a timeline of events in the string of recent incidents in the area, which police say are all connected:
December 10: Damaris Reyes Rivas went missing.
January 12: Christian Sosa Rivas' body washes up on the banks of the Potomac River.
January 14: A second teen, Lizzy Rivera Colindres, and her baby went missing
January 15: A third teen, Venus Iraheta, went missing
February 11: Damaris Reyes Rivas' remains were found in an industrial park in Springfield, Va.
February 11: Lizzy Rivera Colindras and her baby returned home. It was determined she left against her will.
February 14: Venus Iraheta returned home. She was charged in connection to the death of Demaris Reyes Rivas.