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Family Asks For Help Finding 49-Year-Old Mother Of Three Who Went Missing Last Week

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It's been a week since anyone has seen Marta Michel, a 49-year-old South Los Angeles woman. Her husband and three children are baffled about what might have happened to her since they saw her last Saturday night, and they're asking for the public's help finding her.Her 10-year-old son David Michel pleaded for help on TV: "I'm worried that she might be dead right now, she might be hurt right now. Come home, because we all miss you. You are the best mom ever."

Michel's family last saw her around 5 pm on Saturday when she took off for her job at Casa India on Broadway in downtown. Employees at the restaurant said they last saw her after her shift waiting at a bus stop around 10 pm later that night, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Family and friends say that nothing appeared to be wrong with Michel, and she didn't seem distraught. In fact, she seemed to be in good spirits after visiting family in El Salvador recently. She didn't own a cell phone, but her daughter said that she always called the family from a pay phone and checked in with them.

Police are circulating photos of Michel. She is latina with black hair and dark brown eyes. She is 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 160 bounds. She was last seen wearing a gray-and-white horizontal striped skirt with a gray blouse. Her disappearance is considered a missing persons case, and police have not ruled out foul play.

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If you know anything about the case, contact Detective Lydia Saiza of the LAPD Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.