Willows Police scale back search for Angelica Weems

Sep 19, 2014 6:22 PM by Brian Johnson

For police, friends, family, and co-workers, there have been a lot of sleepless nights in the days following a 23-year-old Chico woman's sudden disappearance.

The investigation into the disappearance of Angelica Weems is ongoing.

But after spending most of the week intensely searching for Weems in Willows, Willows' Police Chief says it's time to scale back the search.

"It's like a needle in a haystack out there when they're looking," said Dahl. "We'd do it again today we just don't know where to go."

To search several square miles, Dahl says they've relied on resources from both the Glenn and Butte County Sheriff's Offices, the California Highway Patrol, the FBI, and even a cadaver dog from the Office of Emergency Services.

Now, Dahl says, they'll continue to work with all of these agencies.

"So what little evidence we have we're going to try and go back into that and see what we can do with it," Dahl said.
Police say Angelica Weems has been missing since Sunday, after getting into some sort of disagreement with her husband Zir Weems, going on a walk with him, then never returning.

Later that night, police found Zir on his grandmother's property, bleeding profusely from cuts he gave to himself.

They say Zir is still uncooperative.

"[He's] still not speaking much so we're having some frustrating times with our timeline and how this incident played out," Dahl said.

But over the phone Friday, Weems' sister, Cynthia Weems, says both her and Angelica's mother Lorena Hernandez received strange phone calls last Saturday night, including one that may have come from Zir.

That's led them to believe Angelica was already missing.
Signs for Angelica have been posted miles away from where she was, like at the crossroads of Highways 45 and 162 in Glenn.

However unlikely it would be, Dahl says she could be even farther away.

"She could have left and not want to be found," said Dahl. "I'm frustrated. I feel terrible for the family. They've got four little kids."

Angelica's T.J. Maxx co-workers will be posting missing signs around the North State tonight, because they don't want people to forget about her.

They also plan to hold a candlelight vigil this Sunday night at 8:30 in the T.J. Maxx (Chico) parking lot.


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