The sheriff of Cheatham County, outside Nashville, Tennessee, asked for help from the public to locate a 33-year-old woman, Nikki Michelle Alcaraz, also known as Nikki Cunningham, who has been missing since early May after starting a road trip across the country to California with her partner. Steven Tyler Stratton.
The young woman, who is 5.6 feet (1.70 meters) tall and weighs 160 pounds (65 kilos), was last seen May 6 in Moriarty, New Mexico, a town about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Albuquerque.
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The couple was riding in a black 2013 Jeep Wrangler with Tennessee license plates and a bumper sticker that read Mama Tired. The young woman is the mother of two children, who were not traveling with her, according to local station Fox 10.
His family believes he may be in danger because of his partner's violent history. His brother, Josh Alcaraz, said the man gave him "a tremendous beating" in New Mexico, shortly before contact was lost: "A truck driver had to get rid of him and call the police. The agents picked him up, took him a couple of exits down and released him. She was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, and a broken hand or wrist."
Her sister, Toni Alcaraz, told ABC 7 that she last spoke to her on her cell phone on May 4. "Her eye was turning black and you could tell she was badly beaten," he said. "I'm afraid something happened to them, whether they fought again or crashed their Jeep somewhere," he added.
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The charitable foundation in honor of Gabby Petito alerted of her case on its Facebook page. "Nikki's last text message was sent on May 8 in the early hours of the morning. Then his phone and location were disconnected." "Nikki was traveling across the country with Steven Tyler Stratton to meet a family member in California. There has been domestic abuse within the relationship and the family believes she is in grave danger."
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The foundation assured that the man's family "has not reported his disappearance" and offered data to identify the young woman, who has a pierced nose, ears and lip; tattoos on the arms, ears and hands; and a giant one on the chest of a heart with a lock and a key.
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The United States registers on average almost 20 cases per minute of people who suffer physical abuse by their partner. This equates to more than 10 million people a year, according to data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
According to the same organization, one in four women, compared to one in nine men, suffer serious physical violence by their partner, sexual violence by contact with their partner and / or harassment, causing injuries, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
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Alcaraz was last seen at seven a.m. on May 6 at a Super 8 motel in Moriarty. A dog was traveling with the couple. They were on their way to Orante County, California. "She had made that trip many times," her brother said, "she could do it in two days with her eyes closed, so it's very worrying that she spent so much time [not hearing from her]."
After suffering the beating, according to her brother, a friend of the young woman left California for New Mexico to help her, but she had disappeared when she arrived. "There are many possibilities that scare me after three weeks without hearing from her," her sister said.
Police in Torrance County, New Mexico, made a report after the beating; a witness claimed that Stratton had punched his girlfriend in the face; The man said he had also been beaten. Neither pressed charges and left the police station separately, according to ABC 7. The police arrived in Alcaraz at Moriarty, from where he called his sister.
On May 9, Toni Alcaraz received a message from his sister's cell phone saying he was in Arizona and planning to continue his trip to California. She was never heard from again.
If you have any information about the case, please contact the Moriarty, New Mexico Police Department at 505-832-6060 or 911.