Search for Alma Del Real expands into Elkhart County, social media

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

Volunteers aren’t giving up hope in the search for a 22-year-old South Bend woman who has been missing for 2 ½ weeks.

Alma Del Real was last seen when a friend dropped her off at her Ewing Avenue home at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, April 12. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

The search for her has been ongoing and has expanded into Elkhart County thanks to Amber Rodriguez, a family friend.

“The fact that she might be somewhere other than South Bend, we’re not sure,” Amber Rodriguez, a family friend of Del Real, told 95.3 MNC’s news partner ABC 57. “I can’t sleep at night not knowing where she’s at.”

Rodriguez met with a small group on Tuesday to search a wooded area in Elkhart and to pass out flyers about Del Real. 

Anyone interested in joining the Elkhart searches for Del Real may meet at 5:30 p.m. weekdays at Kroger, 901 Johnson Street, Elkhart.

A Twitter account @FindAlmiz5 was started to share information about Del Real. Local businesses, including Marco’s Pizza and Kroger, are handing out flyers to customers and posting signs. Bumper stickers featuring information about Del Real have also been seen throughout Michiana.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who sends a tip that helps police find Del Real. Anonymous tips in both English and Spanish can be given by calling 574-288-STOP or by visiting Michiana Crime Stoppers’ website.