Wood 8-TV is reporting today that the body of a woman found at a construction site in Walker may be that of a Guatemalan mother and wife who disappeared from Grand Rapids, Mich., last month. Police believe they have identified the body as that of 42-year-old Berta Yolanda Reyes of Walker, Michigan officials say. Family members who arrived at the construction site say that the clothes found at the scene were the last clothes that Berta Yolanda Reyes was last seen wearing.
The Hispanic mother had been missing since April 24. She was last seen around 5:30 a.m. That's when police say her husband dropped her off at her job at the Neal Mast & Son Green houses near Bristol Avenue. She was reported missing early the next day after she didn't return home from work.
An examination of her work records shows that she did not punch the clock for her shift, and none of her coworkers saw her that day, according to management of the facility. Police have stated that there is no video surveillance system in place that would have captured Reyes entering and leaving the building. People who know Berta Yolanda Reyes say that is unlike her to not make contact with her family. As of now, police do not believe her disappearance is related to a domestic issue, according to MLive.
Berta Yolanda Reyes disappearance and murder timeline: According to Berta Yolanda Reyes' husband, he drops her off at work at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 24. When her son returns to pick her up that evening at around 5:30 p.m., Yolanda Reyes is no where to be found. A missing person's report is filed by the family between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Friday, April 25.
Police activate a canine search for the missing woman the same day. Family and friends hold a vigil for the Grand Rapids Latina on Saturday, April 26. The police investigation goes cold. On Friday, May 16, workers mowing the land at a Walker construction site find a body. According to medical examiners, the death is considered a homicide. Walker investigators are still waiting for more information from the medical examiners to make an exact identification.