CLEVELAND — Update: Her body was found on May 25.
Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the location of Anastasia Hamilton, 25, who went missing from the Terminal Tower parking garage. Her mother, Melissa Romanello, is offering to match that reward money and double it for anyone who has information leading to Hamilton's whereabouts.
Hamilton lives in Cleveland and grew up in Medina.
Her mother said she last heard from her daughter Saturday night, May 21, but Sunday morning she knew something was wrong.
"Sunday I texted her at 9:30 in the morning asking if she wanted to come over and help me organize my closets. I didn’t hear back from her," said Romanello. She said that by 4:00 p.m. she was in panic mode.
"We talk half a dozen times a day. We FaceTime several times a day. We are just very close and on the phone constantly," she said.
Her mom said she went to the police Sunday night after she couldn't get ahold of her.
"The police were able to ping her cell phone to an area and I started really panicking because it was over by the steel mill in Cleveland and I couldn’t imagine why her phone would be over there," she said.
Hamilton's phone is now dead.
Romanello then called K&D Properties at Terminal Tower, where her daughter works.
"I said 'I think my daughter is missing,' they said 'We know. Her car is in the parking garage and we just assumed she was inside the building,' they had looked in the bathroom and one hour later they were like 'Where is Anastasia?' because no one could find her," she said.
Police found surveillance footage from May 21 at 10:15 p.m. in the Terminal Tower parking garage under suspicious circumstances. She was in a security camera walking with an unknown male. Romanello said she doesn't know that man.
"I don’t know what happened from that time to the next day on Sunday but I'm worried something very bad happened to her," she said.
She said police know who the man is and know where he lives, which is close to Cleveland's steelyards.
"Police do keep going over there but she hasn’t come up yet," she said. "All of her workers looked for her, my husband and friend went to search, anything we can do we are doing. I spoke to the detective today, a private investigator."
She said she feels like she is living a nightmare and just wants her daughter back.
"I just want her to come home I just need her to come home," Romanello said. "This is the worst experience I've ever felt in my entire life and not knowing where she is, not knowing if she’s been taken, not knowing if she’s being held against her will, not knowing if something really bad happened to her and they just dumped her somewhere, I have a thousand things, all horrible, going through my head."
Hamilton is described as standing 5 feet, 4 inches with brown eyes and brown hair.
Anyone with information should contact the tip hotline at 216-252-7463.
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