70 agencies nationwide are searching for 12-year-old Hall County girl who disappeared

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — The search continues for a Hall County girl who disappeared a little over two weeks ago.

Local and federal authorities are stepping up with their efforts to find 12-year-old Maria Gomez Perez.

Investigators said Perez disappeared on May 30 and they believe she is in danger.

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On WSB Tonight at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Channel 2′s Elizabeth Rawlins spoke with a volunteer who has been helping look for Perez.

“Maria’s case is very important,” said Norma Hernandez, search volunteer.

A total of 70 agents nationwide are actively searching for her. The efforts to bring Perez home include the FBI, GBI, Homeland Security and the Consulate General of Guatemala.

“According to the consult, we should not give up, she shouldn’t be far, we just need to keep on working,” said Hernandez.

In the last 16 days, investigators have interviewed her family, and spoken with her friends, including those she had been in contact with on social media.

“She’s a child and to be gone that long – that’s a serious issue,” said Sheriff Gerald Couch with Hall County.

There are so many possibilities as to where she could be and what could have happened to her.


K-9 search dogs were also brought in for ground searches, including the areas in and around parts of Lake Lanier.

“We don’t have a car tag number.. things that are crucial,” said Couch.

Investigators do not believe Perez is a runaway and they are concerned about her safety.

“Until Maria comes back home – we are going to keep on working,” said Hernandez.

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