Friends, family stepping up efforts to find missing 12-year-old

Friends and family are taking to the streets to call attention to the plight of a 12-year-old Gainesville girl who has been missing for several days.

Maria Gomez-Lopez was last seen May 29, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. HCSO: BOLO – Missing juvenile (

Since then, friends and family members have been handing out flyers and plan to do so again this afternoon, according to this Facebook posting: “We will be meeting tomorrow (today) at 2:00 at Iglesia Pentecostal Bethel off Atlanta Hwy to pass out flyers!”

While putting out flyers Saturday, they reported stopping at a church located across the street from Maria’s home and asking if they could hold a prayer vigil and being welcomed with open arms. “We prayed, sang and held signs for your return Maria!” says one posting.

In addition to walking the streets, handing out flyers and holding prayer vigils, a Spot Fund to collect donations for a reward fund has been set up. As of 7:30 this morning, there had been six donors and $300 of the $1,000 goal had been raised.

Since issuing a lookout for the youngster and distributing it via social media, the sheriff’s office has not reported any new information on the case.