Missing Mother Last Seen Trying to Help Her Sick Toddler

Karla Villegas-GarzonIf the puzzling disappearance of a New Jersey mom doesn't have mothers across the country clutching their babies, I don't know what will. Karla Villagra-Garzon was last seen more than a week ago, on the night of February 24. The missing mom was leaving her house at the odd hour of 10:30 p.m. to pick up medicine for her 2-year-old daughter who had the flu.

The drugstore was just blocks from her home in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but Karla never made it home that night. In fact, she never even made it to the store -- at least not from the look of surveillance footage from Walgreen's. So what happened to her?

The mom in me says something awful.

Look, I understand that people run off on their families. It happens with surprising -- and depressing -- frequency. And as odd as it sounds, I'd love for that to be what happened here. It would mean that Karla Villagra-Garzon is all right, and this little girl could eventually get her mom back.

But I'm a mom. The sick 2-year-old whose mother is gone is tearing at my heart as is a husband who -- by all accounts -- is distraught and cooperating with police.

Who would leave a sick 2-year-old, say you're going to get medicine, and never come back ... on purpose? Even if the child's sickness was overwhelming you, you'd at least have it in your heart to get them the medicine they need, right? Because, ahem, sick 2-year-old!!

Karla is described as being 5 feet tall and weighing 120 pounds with long black hair and brown eyes. Police say she was last seen wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans, and black rain boots. Police are asking anyone with any information about her to call Detective Louchan Holmes at 908-558-2032 or the Elizabeth Police Communications Center at 908-558-2111.

Let's spread this woman's photo and vital statistics and get her home to her little girl.

Just look at the facts known here: can you imagine the type of mom who would run out at 10:30 at night to get a kid medicine disappearing of her own accord?


Image via Elizabeth Police Department

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nonmember avatar mommy320

It can be possible someone she trusted lured her out to meet them and she used going to walgreen's as an excuse. I believe she had every intention on returning home that night I hope they find her soon.

butte... butterflymommy2

Could this be the result of domestic violence ? Was the mother hurt by the other adult that would have been in the home taking care of the 2 year old as she reportedly left? So many questions....

Jessie Radford

pretty girl, I hate to say it. But I don't think that mama's coming back home :/ It horrible. But it's the world we live in now. It's not safe to walk two blocks to the drug store, without someone trying to hurt you.

nonmember avatar Mel

I agree with Jessie. She is an attractive woman and may have caught the eye of some sicko(s). People call me paranoid because I am hyper aware in store parking lots but in reality a moving van can grab any woman into it without anyone even noticing.

missy... missybest

Really hate to say this, but my first thought after reading this was, why didn't the husband go out for the medicine and mom stay with the baby?  That just seems odd.  Also, it was raining?  Going out for anything fairly late with a baby at home, most husbands would go out themselves.  Always safer for a man to go to the store at that time of night.  Sorry, but that in itself sounds suspicious to me.

missy... missybest

And, in addition, I truly hope they find her and that she is all right.  It doesn't sound good though at all.

MimiA... MimiA0214

i will keep  her and  her  family  in my thoughts  i really  hope  she is ok and that they  will find  her  soon  the  little girl  needs her  mom 


nonmember avatar Maria

I'm not assuming she left of her own accord. Maybe the child is more attached to daddy. Nothing wrong with that. For all we know the child may have been seen in an emergency room and that's why the mother was out at that hour filling a prescription. Walgreens is open 24 hours (at least the ones in my area are.) I've filled prescriptions at 2am after spending hours in the E.R. with my children. Or run out at midnight for children's Tylenol after a sudden onset of a fever.

godsg... godsgirl26

Stuff like this always turn out horrible. I pray she is found :)

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