BLOOMINGBURG, N.Y. – The search for a missing New York City woman who was last seen with a convicted sex offender has shifted to an upstate New York village.
Teams searched areas around the Sullivan County village of Bloomingburg on Thursday. State police had earlier searched near convicted sex offender Michael Mele's Wallkill apartment in Orange County.
Authorities are concerned that snow expected Friday morning could cover up any potential physical evidence.
Mele is a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Laura Garza. The 25-year-old woman was last seen with Mele leaving a Manhattan club early Dec. 3. She was reported missing on Dec. 4.
Mele has not been charged in Garza's disappearance. He is being held at the Orange County Jail on probation violations.