22 days after disappearance, missing mother’s family keeps the faith


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The family of Bellamy Gamboa is holding onto hope – even three weeks after her disappearance – that the 40-year-old mother of four will be found safe.

Gamboa was last seen July 1. Police say she left her home at the Diamond Springs Apartments around 10 p.m.

Charisse Gamboa, Bellamy’s sister, told 10 On Your Side, that her family has organized a basketball tournament to raise money for the search effort and for Gamboa’s four children.

Bellamy’s son, Daniel, is participating in the tournament.

“This is another opportunity to raise funds and at the same time keep the community together and focused on finding Bell,” Charisse said.

The tournament will be on Saturday, July 28 at Brandon Middle School from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Multiple sources have confirmed that Gamboa left home following an argument with the father of her twin infants, whom she lives with at the complex.

Two days later – on July 3 – police say Gamboa’s car was found abandoned four miles away in a parking lot on Pickering Street in Lake Edward.

Police tell WAVY.com that Gamboa was likely abducted.

Charisse Gamboa told 10 On Your Side she believes multiple people are involved in her sister’s mysterious disappearance.

Gamboa’s family says they learned from detectives that they are searching area landfills for any new clues.

Police tell WAVY.com they are still “actively searching” for Gamboa and they are searching new areas, but officers have not released specifics about their search or what they’ve found because it is an ongoing investigation.

Over the last 22 days, strangers have joined the effort to bring Gamboa home safe.

“People have stopped their lives,” said Charisse. “We had volunteers who were knocking on doors last night at Lake Edward.”

Charisse also expressed gratitude to numerous area business that have donated items and money to assist the family in the search.

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