Missing California Woman's Car Found Abandoned in Remote Arizona Desert: ‘Very Odd’

"Her family misses her and if she hears this, do whatever she can to come home," Amanda Nenigar's family said

<p>State of California Department of Justice</p> Amanda Nenigar

State of California Department of Justice

Amanda Nenigar
  • Amanda Nenigar, 27, was last seen in Blythe, California, on Feb. 28 and her car was found abandoned in a remote area of La Paz County in Arizona a week later, authorities said

  • "The rear end of the vehicle was on a large boulder," La Paz County Sheriff William Ponce said

  • PEOPLE has reached out to the La Paz County Sheriff's Office

Authorities are searching for a 27-year-old woman who has been missing for three weeks.

Amanda Nenigar was last seen in Blythe, California, on Feb. 28, officials posted on Facebook. The Blythe Police Department told PEOPLE on Wednesday that her whereabouts remain unknown.

Her car was found in a remote area of Arizona's La Paz County south of Cibola a week later, KTVK/KPHO reported. She was last seen wearing a pink hooded sweatshirt, black leggings, black and white tennis shoes, a thin bracelet and carrying a pink purse.

The La Paz County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's requests for comment.

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La Paz County Sheriff William Ponce told KTVK/KPHO that Nenigar lives near Blythe but commutes to La Paz County, where other family members live.

After the family reported her missing, a week later her Toyota Camry was reportedly found by loved ones in the remote desert area. The way the car was found was puzzling, according to Ponce.

“The rear end of the vehicle was on a large boulder,” Ponce explained.

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Investigators determined that Nenigar called 911 on Feb. 27 after getting stuck in a ditch, but it was not near where the car was later found.

“When you have a vehicle that’s abandoned and you don’t have kind of inkling where the person has gone or anything, it all seems very odd to us and it’s very concerning," the sheriff said.

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According to KTVK/KPHO, the search for Nenigar has involved multiple agencies and even surveillance from the sky.

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“We have no information at all, it’s very mysterious to us," Nenigar told KTVK/KPHO. "That’s why we’re asking for the public’s help to try to find her or give us any information that may lead us to where she’s at.”

Her family released a statement to the outlet that relayed a message to the 27-year-old.

“She could still be out there lost. She hasn’t connected to any phones since she called 911," the statement read. "Her family misses her and if she hears this, do whatever she can to come home.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office at 928-669-6141 or the Blythe Police Department at 760-922-6111.

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