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About 300 volunteers turned out Saturday to search for a Provo woman who disappeared about 10 days ago.

Elizabeth Elena Laguna-Salgado, 26, was last seen April 16 leaving the Nomen Global Language School in Provo.

Volunteers were assigned to search various routes that Laguna-Salgado may have taken from the school to her apartment, as well as portions of the Provo River Trail.

Provo police Lt. Brandon Post said detectives were looking at "a couple of things" found by searchers, but he declined to provide further details until the items' relevance to the case had been established.

"We're encouraged and appreciative of the community's response to the effort," Post said, noting that possible searches could be conducted in the future.

Laguna-Salgado was last seen at about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, walking home from the language school at 384 W. Center St. to her apartment. Since then, she has not shown up at class or her job as a waitress, according to police, who said she does not own a car.

She is described as 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-5, 120 to 130 pounds, with long black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a denim jacket, blue jeans, black or brown knee-high boots, and was carrying a denim hand bag with red straps.

Anyone with information about the woman is asked to call Provo police at 801-852-6210 or 801-852-7307.

At a Friday news conference, the missing woman's uncle, Rosemberg Salgado — flanked by kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, and her father, Ed Smart — made a tearful plea for help finding his niece.

There is no proof the woman was abducted and nothing to indicate foul play, but investigators are concerned because the woman typically was in touch with her family every day, said Provo Police Chief John King. Since Laguna-Salgado disappeared, there has been no activity on her cell phone or her credit cards, he added.

Ed Smart said publicity is the key to Laguna-Salgado's return, noting that his daughter was found because someone recognized her.

Salgado said his niece went on a mission for the LDS Church in her native Mexico after getting a degree in industrial engineering and came to Utah to study English. She was in Provo for only a month before disappearing, he said, and has not yet learned the language.

Salgado said that his niece had mentioned that someone from school was "bugging" her to go out with him, but she wanted to focus on her studies and declined. King said investigators are interviewing students at the school to try to find clues to the disappearance.

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