UPDATE: Family members of Cassandra Mayes told St. George News that Mayes was located at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center after coming down with an illness. She is reportedly back home with her family.
ST. GEORGE — Family and friends are asking the public’s help Wednesday in locating a 23-year-old woman from Southern Utah who reportedly went missing Sept. 13, leaving her 3-year-old daughter alone in her apartment.
Cassandra Mayes, who lived in Washington City most of her life, was living in an apartment below her mother at the Palladio Apartments in Salt Lake City when she disappeared, according to her aunt, Debbie Cayias, who said she was granted custody of Mayes and had raised her since she was a baby.
Mayes was last seen by her family on Sept. 13 when Mayes reportedly complained of feeling sick, prompting her mother to take her a Sprite to help settle her stomach, Cayias said.
Mayes’ mother reported her daughter missing on Sept. 15.
“(We were) thinking that maybe she was in the hospital and nobody would say anything or, you know, just – it’s just nothing like she would do,” her aunt said. “You don’t just get up and leave a 3-year-old just sitting there.”
The Salt Lake City Police Department confirmed Wednesday that a missing persons report had been filed and that the case had been assigned to a detective.
“For now, there’s no information that leads us to believe the subject is missing under any unusual circumstances,” a representative of the Police Department told St. George News Wednesday.
“They say she’s at an age where she could just get up and walk away and nobody has anything to say about it, so that’s pretty much what they’ve told me,” Cayias said of the Police Department.
“My sister, which is Cassie’s mother, went down to pick up (the 3-year-old child) to babysit her so Cassie could go to work,” Cayias said, “and (the 3-year-old child) was there, but Cassie wasn’t.”
The child was sitting alone playing when her grandmother found her, Cayias said, adding that it was out of character for Mayes to leave her child alone.
“It just doesn’t seem possible she would do that,” Cayias said, crying.
The 3-year-old child has been unable to provide family with any clues about where Mayes might have gone.
“I talked to her on the phone and I said, ‘where’s mommy?’ and she goes, ‘don’t know, she left,’” Cayias said. “And I go, ‘well who’d she leave with?’ and she said, ‘don’t know, she left.’ ‘Well what did she say, baby?’ ‘Don’t know, she left.’ And that’s not like (the child) – she doesn’t just say ‘don’t know, she left.’ It’s like something bad happened for her to say that.”
Also alarming to her aunt was that Mayes left all of her belongings behind in her apartment, including her wallet, which her aunt said Mayes generally takes everywhere she goes. Mayes’ door was also left unlocked.
“She usually leaves it locked,” Cayias said. “It’s just not like Cassie to leave the door unlocked.”
Mayes doesn’t have a vehicle, her aunt said, but she has lots of friends in the St. George and Mesquite, Nevada, areas. Her aunt is hoping that one of her friends will be able to provide some helpful information about Mayes’ disappearance.
“People think this is easy; this is the hardest thing I’ve had to do. I want answers and I want answers now,” a tearful Cayias said, adding that she plans to travel to the Salt Lake City area to help find those answers.
Anyone with information regarding Mayes’ whereabouts is asked to call the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799-3000, or Debbie Cayias at 435-429-9169.
Description of Mayes
- Name: Cassandra Mayes
- Age: 23 years old
- Height: 5’11″
- Weight: 110 pounds
- Hair color: Blonde
- Eye color: Brown
This report is based on preliminary information provided by police and family members and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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