Family and friends of a woman who disappeared three days ago from Oakland gathered for a vigil Sunday in the neighborhood where she was last seen.
Erica Maskaleris was last spotted Thursday morning as she was jogging down a sidewalk at 34th and Telegraph streets. More than 100 people gathered in that same area for a vigil in her honor.
Members of the First Congregational Church of Oakland were in attendance at the vigil for the 31-year-old missing woman and recited prayers and broke out into song. "Lord, we need you," said members of the congregation. "We're calling on you."
Gloria Torres, Maskaleris' mother, said the past year had been tough on her daughter. Erica lost her husband to cancer last February. But she took over his computer consulting business and had started going for morning jogs in her neighborhood.
"She's been gone too long. It frightens me," Torres said. "She left with just her ID, her bank card and her phone."
A surveillance camera from the bakery across the street captured video of Maskaleris running by at 7 a.m. Thursday and no one has seen her since.
"Time is of the essence, this person is not missing voluntarily," Torres said.
After the vigil, church members canvassed the neighborhood, taping up fliers and asking residents for help.
Family and friends say they are frustrated with the Oakland police investigation into the woman's disappearance. They are desperate for answers.
"When was her last time her phone was used, what area?" Torres said. "Was her ATM card used anywhere, either by her or someone else?"
"Those are the clues that would help us," said Amber Daniels, the missing woman's friend. "Right now the only thing we know is that she was on this corner. That's all we know."
The Oakland Police Department was not available to respond to the family's complaints.
Maskaleris is 5 foot 3 inches tall, 220 pounds, and was last seen wearing a gray sweatsuit and red shoes.
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