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    Posted February 3, 2011 by
    Anaconda, Montana
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    Helena Gracia


    Helen Gracia, 45, missing 5/23/08, Anaconda, MT

    An Anaconda family is seeking clues in the mysterious disappearance of a 45-year-old woman who was last seen in a local bar two weeks ago.

    Helen Gracia, 45, was last spotted in the Rock Inn on East Commercial May 23, said Mike Gracia, her brother, in a telephone interview from his office in Washington, D.C. She had gone to a local grocery store to buy food and medications for her mother and never returned home.


    Her brother, Mike Gracia said his family wasn’t concerned for several days because Helen had discussed going to Missoula to look for a job. He said Helen has been caring for their ill mother, Millie, and with their sister Lourdes Johnson in town from out of state, they thought she might be taking a break for several days over the Memorial Day weekend.

    But their concern grew when Helen’s cell phone remained off for several days and they called police to report her missing.

    “As the week progressed, we were talking and were not able to reach her,” Gracia told The Montana Standard. “It started to become more of a concern for her well being.” He said her vehicle was found June 1 parked behind the Anaconda bar.

    “Groceries were still inside and the medications were still in there,” Mike Gracia said. “The police went back and checked just yesterday and they found her purse in the car under the seat.” Anaconda Detective Bill Sather, who is investigating the case, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

    Police are looking into a lead that Helen was last seen with a man with whom she had lived, Gracia said. People have called police with tips that they had spotted Helen.

    Gracia said his sister has not shown signs of depression and never mentioned moving away other than the possibility of looking for work in Missoula.

    Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Sather at the Anaconda-Deerlodge Police Department at 563-5241.

    — Reporter Nick Gevock may be reached at nick.gevock@mtstandard.com
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