Friends hope to solve disappearance of Chesterfield woman Zulma Pabon

Posted at 7:36 PM, Oct 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-24 19:36:54-04

CHESTERFIELD, Va. -- Headline coverage over the disappearance of 18-year-old UVa.  student Hannah Graham, whose remains were recently found, has sparked conversations about other missing women from the metro-Richmond area.

One is Zulma Pabon. She's a mother and a nurse who was last seen June 6, 2014 when she left work at Saint Francis Medical Center.

Her friends are blanketing social media sites with the hashtag #findzulma.

They are thirsty for new details about her mysterious disappearance.

"Every day we pass by and wonder where is she--is she alive and if not, who is involved?!”

Her neighbors said not a day goes by where they don't think about the missing mom.

"It keeps you on edge, you're never relaxed going outside. You don't know if what happened to her could happen to me or any other young person or older person for that matter."

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Police say they are actively searching for information to solve this missing person’s case, but it doesn’t feel like enough for close friends.

One piece of evidence that police say they need to know is who drives the white truck and trailer that was seen on surveillance footage hauling away what they believe is Pabon’s car. In the photo the car was being hauled from a spot near her house.

Pabon’s car was found nearly a week after her disappearance near a trailer park 16 miles from her townhouse, in a place where she is not known to have any connections.

Police previously told CBS 6 that Dr. John Gibbs II, the man Pabon who shares a 4-year-old child with, has not cooperated with their investigation.

Forensics psychologist, Mark Banks, explained why that could be delaying progress.

"I mean he's a person of interest without officially being called a person of interest,” said Banks. “We don't live in a society where you can beat confessions out of people, all you can do is ask them questions with hopes that he answers them.

“I'd imagine it's pretty hard to subpoena a 4-year-old to get useable information,” he added.

Pabon is described as a Hispanic female, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 145 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Other local missing woman cases

Pabon's is not the only missing woman case that continues to weigh on the public's mind.

The parents of Arianna “Peaches” Davis continue to look for clues and hand out flyers, more than two years after her disappearance in April of 2010. This December will mark the fourth birthday that has passed since Davis was last seen.

According to her family, “Peaches” was last seen off Nine Mile Road, just blocks away from her home. Davis was 20 years old at the time of her disappearance and was just weeks shy of graduating from Fortis College.

Henrico Police continue to investigate.

Altria executive Leyla Namiranian has been missing since April 4, 2012.

Namaranian was divorced and living alone off Normandstone Drive in Midlothian.  Officers who were sent to her home after her disappearance found her car parked in the garage, and found no signs of a struggle inside the home.

Shortly after Namaranian’s disappearance, police searched the woods in the cul-de-sac near her home.  That search stretched to the city’s Northside off Chamberlayne Avenue.

Namiranian’s friends told detectives that prior to her disappearance, she feared for her safety, saying that an ex-boyfriend had come to her house uninvited and threatened her.

missing cfield womanPolice would later tell CBS-6 that man was Michael Anthony Edwards of Richmond , and that he was the primary person of interest in the case.

Still, few details would emerge in the case, until December of 2012.  That is when investigators announced that Edwards’ phone records placed him on Robious Road, near Namiranian’s home, the night before she was reported missing.

Detectives later found two cell phones belonging to Namiranian alongside Interstate 95, one on the shoulder of the northbound lanes, near the Henrico-Hanover border, the other in a ditch about a mile north.

Chesterfield police say Edwards worked near the area where the phones were found.

Then, in January 2013, police unsealed court papers that showed blood had been found in the trunk of a car belonging to Edwards, though investigators wouldn’t say whose blood it was.

Court documents show Edwards has a violent criminal record, including assault, abduction, and drug charges.  But detectives say the physical evidence in the Namiranian case does not conclusively tie him to her disappearance and he has never been charged.

In all of these cases, friends and family want answers, and are dreading the day they get them.

If you have any information for any of these cases, please contact Crimesolvers at 780-1000.