The search is continuing for a young Medford mother who failed to return home after a night at a friend's house Friday, Suffolk police said Tuesday.
Sarah P. Goode, 21, disappeared under what detectives call "suspicious" circumstances, and her family has joined police in appealing for the public's help. Her car was found two days later at least a mile from where she lives, on a two-lane street in a residential neighborhood next to a large wooded area.
A missing person's flier on a wooden stick was placed on the side of the road on Fire Avenue where Goode's unoccupied vehicle was found. Beneath it sat a white plastic container with unlit candles.
Chelsea Jao, 21, of Ridge, said Tuesday that Goode is her best friend and she's known her since the two attended Longwood High School.
Jao said she and a group of Goode's friends set out to look for her Monday night and they planned another search late Tuesday afternoon when she gets off work at 5 p.m. She said they may start in Shirley and go to places they think Goode would frequent.
"It's not like her to run away like this," Jao said in a telephone interview. "It's not like her not to call her family. This is not her. That's why I know something is wrong. It's just sad. I don't know what to think."
She said Goode's 4-year-old daughter is staying with family.
Suffolk police said Tuesday there are no new updates on the case.
Dozens of family and friends searched for Goode Monday night in Medford. They looked in trash bins and banged on the doors of an industrial storage unit complex on Cedarhurst Avenue and called Goode's name. They shined flashlights as night fell.
Justine Santini, a friend who was part of the search, said Goode wouldn't just leave her child. "She wouldn't just vanish," she said. "Mothers don't just vanish. People just don't leave their babies."
Goode's sister Elizabeth DeMuria, 36, said Monday the family is "desperate to find her."
Goode, a medical technician in Patchogue, was last seen about 1 a.m. Saturday at a friend's house in Shirley, police said.
Goode, the youngest of nine children, had attended business school after graduating from Longwood.
She is described as 5-foot-3 and 100 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes. She has a flower tattoo on one foot.
Police said anyone with information could call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers, 800-220-8477.
With John Valenti