KATHMANDU, APR 27 – The family of the missing Aubrey Caroline Sacco on Friday announced a US$25,000 reward for tips leading to the 26-year-old who’s been missing for the last three years from Langtang of Rasuwa district.

The father Paul and mother Connie, who believed their daughter might be living somewhere in Nepal, made a tearful plea for public help to locate her whereabouts.

A Colorado girl was last seen at Lama Hotel on the Langtang trekking route in Rasuwa since April 22, 2010. “We still believe that she might be living somewhere here. Or, maybe someone has kept her,” Aubrey’s mother Connie told a press conference here on Friday. “As there is no evidence of what has happened to her yet, it has kept our hope alive.”

The couple has met top ranking officials of the Nepal Army and the Nepal Police seeking their support. “We have also urged the US Ambassador to Nepal to investigate her whereabouts,” said Paul.

Asked what made him feel his daughter is still living, Paul, who is here for the third time, said an open-minded yoga teacher, musician and a student of the University of Colorado was very special and someone might have trapped her here.

Aubrey, who was scheduled to return on or around April 30, 2010, began her trek on April 20 and was last seen in the Langtang National Park two days later.

After her disappearance, Nepal Police conducted a search operation in Langtang and its adjoining regions for nearly three months, but failed to get any lead.

On May 31, 2012, the 23-year-old Belgian Debbie Maveau was reported missing in the same area and her body was found on June 14.

“The frequent disappearances of tourists have become a grave concern and their safety and security should not be overlooked,” said Ang Tshring Sherpa, former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association and the honorary Consul of Belgium. – Ekantipur

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