HCSO: ‘Solid’ leads in Maria Gomez-Perez case lead nowhere

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) said Thursday the recent announcement that the reward in the case of 12-year-old Maria Gomez-Perez generated some “solid” leads but investigators still do not know where she is, a month after she disappeared but they remain “vigilant” in their search.

The sheriff’s office says increasing the reward to $50,000 sparked dozens of additional
tips but none so far have generated valuable leads to Maria’s whereabouts.

“So far, we have followed what we believed to be solid leads in the following states: South
Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Illinois and Maryland,” a news release late Thursday afternoon said. “(But) those leads did not bring us any closer to finding Maria.”

The sheriff’s office says it continues to receive assistance from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and that the FBI, Homeland Security, the GBI, South Carolina Law
Enforcement Division (SLED) and a number of other agencies have been an “integral part” of
the investigation.

“We understand the community is frustrated at the lack of answers in Maria’s case,” the release continues. “That said, our investigators are not giving up hope, and we ask our community to remain hopeful
with us.”

The sheriff’s office Special Investigations Unit tip line remains open at 770-503-3232. Email tips
may be sent to [email protected] and 911 is always open for
communication. Any tips may remain anonymous.