Students, parents, and police in Greenbelt (Maryland,) are searching desperately for a teacher who disappeared last week.
Mariame Toure Sylla was last seen at 8 pm on the 6500 Block of Lake Park Drive, Greenbelt, according to Greenbelt Police. She was last seen by her son walking in Schrom Hills Park, FOX 5 D.C. reported.
Sylla’s family claims that she is a devout Muslim who enjoys taking walks around the neighborhood. She usually returns to her home at sunset for prayer, but on this particular day, she did not return.
Sylla is an Ivory Coast immigrant who teaches at Dora Kennedy French Immersion School. Students and loved ones are worried about her. They have placed fliers in Greenbelt to try and find her.
Sylla was described by the police as a Black woman of approximately 5’5″ height and 135 pounds.
A vigil was held Friday night by friends and family in conjunction with members of law enforcement, and media to bring awareness to her disappearance. At 6 p.m., they gathered in Schrom Hills Park to light candles for her.
WUSA reported that Greenbelt Police confirmed on Friday that the body unidentified found near Forestville’s Capital Beltway Tuesday wasn’t Sylla.
Melinda Conrad Brown, an organizer of the vigil who spoke with a local outlet said: “We are all grateful but she is still somewhere out there.” We have to find her. “We have to find her.”
Sylla is a beloved teacher at Dora Kennedy and has been there for 15 years.
We’re still trying our best to understand it. George Tehan, a parent from WUSA, said: “It doesn’t feel real.” She is great with children.”
Parents claim that their children have been traumatized by her disappearance.
Greenbelt Police has not shared their theories yet and is still investigating.
At the vigil held Friday night, Greenbelt Police chief Richard Bowers stated that “we continue to keep it open as a missing person investigation and we will do everything we can to bring her safely back to our family or our friends.”
The police have asked that anyone who comes in contact with Sylla or sees her to call them.