Cinthia Estrada Bolívar remembers the day her family received a phone call from the community kitchen which her 29-year-old sister Marleny co-ordinated in the Peruvian capital, Lima.
It was 16 July and Marleny had not turned up to cook for the poor, something which was completely out of character for the mother-of-two.
Cinthia, her parents and another sister went to Marleny’s home in a poor neighbourhood of Lima to look for her. They were greeted by Marleny’s ex-husband.
Calmly, he told them that Marleny had just left. Cinthia remembers being bothered by the fact that he did not seem upset by the fact that the mother of his two children had disappeared.
She was also worried as Marleny had in the past reported her ex-husband for being violent against her and her son.
The following day, still without any news from Marleny, the family went to the police to report her missing.
“We had confidence in the authorities,” Cinthia recalls. But she says that that confidence was soon shattered as the family got the impression that the police were not taking the case seriously.
Officers told the family to stay away from Marleny’s home as the investigation was now in the hands of the police.
In August, Marleny’s ex-husband left Lima with their two children, aged three and eight. He has not been seen or heard of since.
Weeks later, Cinthia dreamt that her sister was at home, dead. She managed to convince the police to accompany the family to Marleny’s house.
While the police searched one part of the house with sniffer dogs, Cinthia and her father searched the bedroom.
“The room looked different, there was something different about the floor,” Cinthia recalls.
She and her father took up the floorboards and started digging. While the shovel slid into the ground easily, they found nothing at first.
“My intuition told me that Marleny was down there,” Cinthia says. A horrible smell coming from the hole seemed to prove her right.
The police took over the search and asked the family to leave the room. Eventually, they found Marleny’s body buried a metre and a half down. Cinthia is convinced that her sister’s body could have been located earlier.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Marleny’s ex-husband on suspicion of murder but his whereabouts are unknown.
Cinthia wants justice for her murdered sister. She also thinks her family could have been spared weeks of anguish and that they would stand a better chance of tracing her missing niece and nephew if only the police had acted faster.
Not all disappearances end as tragically as Marleny’s but