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Reward Offered in Disappearance of Stay-at-Home Mother

A $10,000 reward was offered Thursday for information that could help authorities find a mother who who mysteriously vanished more than a year ago.

Monique Figueroa, then 27, left her home in the 7200 block of East Avenue U-12 in Littlerock on May 19, 2015 after telling friends she was going to visit some other friends in the Los Angeles area, her father Jeff Figueroa told NBC4.

Her father said he received a text message from his daughter the next day that read, "Had to leave, be home soon." He reported her missing after her phone kept going to voice mail, and sheriff's deputies found her Mercedes SUV in a rural area a few days later.

Her vehicle, a 2004 black Mercedes-Benz, was recovered 11 days later in the Palmdale area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Earlier this month, investigators and search dogs turned their focus to the desert town of Pearblossom after receiving a tip that there may be evidence in the area north of Los Angeles, the sheriff's department said.

Figueroa was a stay-at-home mom with a young daughter at the time of her disappearance, authorities said.

Officials announced a $10,000 reward offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at a Thursday morning press conference.

Anyone with information about Figueroa's whereabouts was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips may be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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