Police continue search for woman

Manassas police are continuing their search for Marissa Lara, the 41-year-old mother of two, who disappeared seven days ago.

Lara was last seen May 13 in the 8900 block of Cannonridge Drive where her two teenage boys live with her estranged husband.

No one answered the door Tuesday at the Cannonridge home a neighbor said the Lara family lives in.

Lara, who lives in the 9500 block of Cannoneer Court, went to her husband’s home every morning and afternoon to see her sons, one who attends middle school and the other a high school student, off to school.

She and her husband have been separated for six months, according to police.

Lara’s husband told police that she left before the kids got up for school with four people in a late ’90s Honda Accord with Washington, D.C., license plates, according to reports by police.

Her husband told police she said, “I’ll be right back.” Her black 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse was parked near her husband’s town house, he said.

By the next morning, the car was gone.

Her husband, a dump truck driver, is the only person who saw her leaving, Sgt. Bill Goodman, Manassas police spokesman, said.

Authorities have been unable to corroborate his story, Goodman said.

Lara was known as a dedicated mother but has not made contact with her sons, police say. She left her purse behind and there are no records of any calls placed on her cellular telephone, Goodman said.

Police are searching area hospitals and have interviewed neighbors, friends and acquaintances.

Friends who speak with Lara on a regular basis haven’t heard from her either, police said. She has not contacted her boss or any co-workers at Old Country Buffet in the Westgate Plaza off Sudley Road, where she worked as a night waitress.