ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two years after a Las Vegas teen vanished, her family now hopes a big reward will help police get some answers.
The family of Cindy Rivera is now offering an increased cash reward for information that leads to finding her. Rivera disappeared on June 29, 2012.
Her family has long-suspected her ex-boyfriend and a relative of his killed her. However, New Mexico State Police have never named him as a suspect.
After two years of investigating and no solid evidence, State Police are also hoping the increased reward will get someone to talk about what happened to Cindy Rivera.
“There’s a $50,000 reward up for it just to try to generate some more information that we can follow up on,” said Sgt. Damyan Brown of New Mexico State Police.
The reward is five-times what’s been offered over the last two years.
Cindy Rivera was just 19 years old when she disappeared. New Mexico State Police call her disappearance a suspicious missing persons case, but many family members believe that Rivera is likely dead.
Family members say they’ve long suspected the father of her two children killed her, saying he even bragged about burying her in the middle of nowhere. The family has even circulated flyers around Las Vegas with photos of the man and one of his relatives as “wanted” suspects.
New Mexico State Police have never named either man as suspects though despite the suspicions. A police report filed by one of the man’s relatives even claimed that Rivera’s ex-boyfriend told family members that he killed Cindy Rivera.
State Police say that hearsay evidence isn’t enough to make an arrest though.
Cindy Rivera’s father says he hopes the increased reward will finally help cops crack the case.
“It’s brought me down to the point where I’m just lost now,” said Rivera.
“God willing once we make it public again, more people will see it and see that we’re begging for help. We’re begging for help from the community to if anybody knows anything to please talk,” said Rivera.
Over the years, New Mexico State Police have searched the home of Rivera’s ex-boyfriend. Family members believe she may be buried there.
Cindy would be 21 years old today.
Family members say she also went by the nickname “Tig.”