Search for missing East Boston woman Reina Morales Rojas continues


The 41-year-old mother of two was last seen in Somerville on November 26, according to police.

Boston police have released new photos of Reina Morales Rojas, an east Boston woman who has been missing since November 26. Boston Police Department

Two months after Reina Morales Rojas was last seen – and less than two weeks after police reported her missing – a crowd gathered outside the East Boston police station on Tuesday to demand more action in the search for the missing mother of two children.

The 41-year-old East Boston woman was last seen getting into a car near Bennington Street in East Boston on Nov. 26, police said. She was dropped off in Somerville.

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Some advocates have pointed to the Boston Police Department’s belated public response — the department only released its search on Jan. 12 — as a sign authorities haven’t done enough to find Morales Rojas.

“Why we are here today [is] because we don’t know the status of this Reina case,” Lucy Pineda, executive director of Everett-based Latinos Unidos in Massachusetts (LUMA), said in a live stream from Tuesday’s vigil.

She said Morales Rojas was a former police officer from El Salvador who moved to Boston in May and worked in the airline food industry. Pineda held a microphone on his cellphone at one point, allowing members of Morales Rojas’ family in El Salvador to address the crowd.

Citing other recent cases of missing women in Massachusetts, Pineda claimed that authorities and the media have devoted fewer resources and less attention to Morales Rojas.

“Lots of media, lots of news, helicopters, state troopers, drones, breaking news [in the other cases], but what happened with Reina? Pineda asked as those around him held signs reading “Latino Lives Matters” and “¿Dónde está Reina?”

The Boston Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment. However, Boston Police Communications Chief Mariellen Burns said The Boston Globe that the department “has been working to find Ms. Morales Rojas since she went missing at the end of November”, describing the investigation as “very active”.

Burns acknowledged that BPD could have made the disappearance of Morales Rojas public earlier, according to the Worldbut pointed out that the police had interviewed a number of people and followed up on all leads so far.

On Tuesday, Massachusetts State Police said their detectives and Somerville police were assistant in the survey.

Local authorities and elected officials also responded to LUMA’s call to meet with defenders and show their support.

Speaking at the vigil, East Boston State Rep. Adrian Madaro said he was confident police were aware of Morales Rojas’ case. He also noted that representatives were present Tuesday on behalf of Mayor Michelle Wu, State Senator Lydia Edwards and Councilwoman Julia Mejia.

“We need to come together as a community, let Reina’s family know and everyone in this community and elsewhere know that every time someone goes missing, it doesn’t affect a single person, just that family. – it affects the whole community, … and we will do everything we can,” Madaro said.

Morales Rojas is described as a 5-foot-5, Hispanic woman weighing around 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call 911 or Boston Police Detectives at 617-343-4328. Anonymous tips can also be made by calling the Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).


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