FBI assisting in search for missing Va. Beach mother

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now providing resources to the Virginia Beach Police Department in the search for a missing mother believed to have been abducted.  

“The FBI is providing investigative and technical assistance through our partnership on the Tidewater Violent Crime Task Force,” said Christina Pullen, FBI spokeswoman. “We’ve been aware and tracking the situation from the beginning, and through our relationship with the task force, have been providing assistance.”

Pullen says VBPD remains the lead agency, but the FBI is “providing resources that extend beyond what local police departments generally have.”

Bellamy Gamboa, 39, was last seen on July 1 leaving her home at the Diamond Springs Apartments. Two days later, police say her car was towed from Pickering Street in Lake Edward after being found abandoned next to a dumpster. 

Police say they found Gamboa’s car at the tow company the evening of July 4 during their investigation. On July 5, Virginia State Police issued a Critically Missing Adult (Ashanti) Alert saying the mother of four was likely abducted and in danger. 

Over the last 10 days, police have conducted foot searches and have used boats, drones and helicopters in the search. Loved ones and strangers have also organized searches near Gamboa’s apartment and the Lake Edward neighborhood. 

On top of that, friends of Gamboa, along with members of the community have, have organized search parties nightly.

“You know, we are all family, we all grew up together. We will do whatever it takes,”said Rachel Jardiniano, who has been searching for the last 5 nights. “The community has been a great outreach. They have all been flooding us with this support so we are very grateful.”

Gamboa is 5’1″, 135 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She has a band of roses tattoo on her upper right arm and “Bellamy” on her right ankle.

If you see Gamboa know anything of her whereabouts, call the Crime Line at 1 (888) LOCK-U-UP. 

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