Brusly High School teachers plan to gather for a faculty-only prayer vigil on Tuesday in remembrance of their missing colleague.
The vigil is for teachers who want to pray for Sylviane Finck Lozada, 51, who has been missing for more than two weeks, said Connie Brown, a Brusly High teacher and vigil organizer.
“It was just my desire to get the teachers together to pray,” Brown said.
Friends and relatives concerned about Lozada have begun posting fliers around Baton Rouge asking about her disappearance, said Karen Wooley, a co-worker and close friend of Lozada’s.
Friends and family also have plans for a community-wide vigil, but those plans are on hold, Wooley said.
Lozada has been missing since at least July 11, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks has said.
Lozada was reported missing after her relatives in Belgium could not get in touch with her, Hicks said. Lozada regularly contacted her family.
Relatives originally told authorities they last spoke to Lozada on July 11, but investigators believe Lozada may have spoken to her family for the last time before that date, Hicks said.
Hicks has said detectives have not found any evidence of foul play in Lozada’s disappearance.
Lozada’s husband, Oscar Lozada, and daughter boarded a plane in Dallas to head to Venezuela on July 9, Hicks has said.
Investigators have spoken to Oscar, who said he went to Venezuela for medical reasons, Hicks said.
Law enforcement officials searched the area around Sylviane Lozada’s house at 2234 Springlake Drive on Friday for possible clues to her disappearance, Hicks said.
The home appeared deserted on Tuesday, with furniture and belongings moved out of it.
A Facebook page titled “Help Locate Sylviane Finck, Oscar and Angelina Lozada” has been created to try to find Sylviane Lozada.
A website has also been created to find her.
A fund to help the family with expenses has been set up at American Gateway Bank. Donations may be made to the Sylviane Finck Lozada fund at any bank location or by calling the bank at (225) 387-0011.
Lozada is about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes.
Anyone with information about Lozada’s whereabouts is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344-7867.