Alma Del Real: Missing from Indiana, Police post message to social media Found

UPDATE:  5/20/15 –  St. Joe County Metro Homicide stated during a news conference that a  they search for Alma Del Real led to the discovery of a body in Marshall County. The St. Joe County Prosecutor’s Office confirms Alberto Cruz has been booked into the St. Joseph County jail for the murder of 22 yo Alma Del Real.

Original story:  Alma Del Real was last seen on Sunday afternoon after her friend dropped her at her home on Ewing Street in South Bend, Ind. on April 12.  

Alma did not show up for work on Monday city police Capt. Phil Trent said in a news release. She also missed a conference she was suppose to attend in Chicago.  They say her bed was never slept in and her green Chevy pick up is parked just steps from her house.

In an interesting and different way, the police have left a message for social media, partly asking for help and partly chastising them.


“Investigators working the case are getting information being passed via friends and relatives of Alma. This information is being circulated by individuals posting to social media sites such as Facebook.   While we encourage dialog, much of this information could help the investigators pursuing the case. Please call us directly with any and all information, however trivial. Detective Jen Gobel is the lead investigator and can be reached at 574.235.7478. Several pieces of helpful information that were discussed amongst Alma’s friends via social media could have moved the investigation forward had police received the messages first-hand in a timely manner.”

Alma was last seen wearing ripped, light blue, slim-fitting pants, a black crop top and a tan fitted leather jacket. She is 5-foot-5, 137 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Del Real is asked to call the South Bend Police Department at 574-235-6480.
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