Update Sunday 6:00pm: Alec Zimmerman is back in contact with her family and is perfectly okay.
Here’s the message she posted on Facebook earlier today:
Update Sunday 2:30pm: Alec Zimmerman has been located. Records show her crossing the border into Chile yesterday and exchanging money. We’re awaiting more details from her friends and family.
A young American woman backpacking through Argentina en route to Peru has not been heard from since early morning, Tuesday, April 9. A missing person’s report has been filed with local police in Buenos Aires, and the FBI has been notified.
Alec Zimmerman, a 27-year-old native of Whidbey Island, Wash. was last seen leaving a private residence in the Buenos Aires region of Argentina and entering a cab at 4:30 a.m., en route to South Port. She was last believed to have been meeting up with a Chilean truck driver named “Angel” to begin hitchhiking her way to Peru.
Argentina border patrol has a record of Zimmerman entering the country on March 3, with no reported exits through Mendoza crossing as of April 12.
A seasoned backpacker who has experience traveling through South America, Zimmerman has been traveling alone since parting ways with a friend on March 4. She was last seen wearing jeans and sneakers with a t-shirt and a black sport jacket. She was carrying two bags—a large green one and an orange sleeping bag. She stands at 5-foot-2, 135 pounds, with a muscular build leftover from her gymnastics background in childhood. She has green eyes and short-cropped light brown hair, as well as a nose ring. She also has a bird tattoo on her upper back.
“We’re beyond worried at this point,” said Zimmerman’s mother, Marie Lincoln, of Whidbey Island. “Alec always checks in with either myself or one of her close friends. Not hearing from her for this long is highly unusual and worrisome.
There has been no reported communication from any of Zimmerman’s personal social media sites, and no email or phone calls since she was last seen on Tuesday morning April 9.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Alec Zimmerman, please contact Alec’s mother Marie Lincoln at firstname.lastname@example.org and 360-551-8187, or go directly to local authorities, or the FBI.