The case about the missing Brusly High School teacher has gained national and international attention.
News organizations worldwide have produced stories about Sylviane Lozada, 51, a Belgium native reported missing in East Baton Rouge Parish on July 18.
Le Soir, a Belgium newspaper, and RTL-TVI, a Belgium television station, ran stories about Lozada’s disappearance last week.
Since then, authorities have said foul play is a possibility in the case, and other media outlets have begun following the story.
The Taiwan News on Tuesday posted an item about the French and Spanish teacher on its website. Several national news outlets did the same.
A story about Lozada appeared on the websites of CNN and Fox News.
Nancy Grace, a legal commentator who hosts her own television show, ran an item on her blog.
Several newspapers in states such as Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida and Connecticut posted stories.
Richard Taylor, a friend and coworker of Lozada’s, said he hopes the attention will help authorities find Lozada.
“Sylviane Lozada deserves justice,” he said. “She is a mother, a teacher, a scholar and a great person.”
Authorities started looking for Lozada more than two weeks ago when she was reported missing after her relatives in Belgium could not get in touch with her.
Physical evidence obtained from Lozada’s home at 2234 Springlake Drive supports possible foul play in the case, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said Monday.
In addition, detectives discovered that Lozada’s husband, Oscar Lozada, 36, on or about July 6 purchased multiple gray five-gallon buckets with lids and multiple yellow and black bags of Quickcrete concrete mix, Hicks said.
The buckets and bags of concrete mix have not been found, she said.
Hicks said Oscar Lozada has not been named a suspect in his wife’s disappearance.
However, authorities would like to talk to him and are trying to contact him “using various means.” Hicks would not elaborate, saying it could hinder the case.
Sylviane Lozada’s last contact with her family was about July 5, Hicks said.
Oscar Lozada, and the couple’s daughter boarded a plane in Dallas destined for Venezuela on July 9, Hicks said. They were scheduled to return July 14, but they have not returned.
Detectives have reason to believe Sylviane Lozada might have been inside her husband’s bright-yellow, 2001 Nissan Xterra on July 5 or 6, Hicks said.
Hicks said Sylviane Lozada would not have been driving the vehicle, but Hicks was unsure where she might have been inside the vehicle.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office “are continuing to search in various areas for her and/or any clues that could lead to her,” Hicks said.
Lozada is about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes.
Anyone with information about Lozada’a whereabouts or anyone who remembers seeing her husband’s bright-yellow Nissan on July 5 or 6 is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344-7867.