Tears are becoming all too familiar for the family of 32-year-old Crystal Dupuis Grebinger, who went missing on February 8, 2013. Family members said they are frustrated and are desperate for new information.
"We haven't heard any updates and we really don't know anything," said Jeanne Savoy, Crystal's aunt.
Police say they are still investigating the case as a missing persons case, not a runaway or kidnapping. According to Corporal Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department, they have had tips and leads, but nothing concrete that leads them to her whereabouts.
"We're at that point where we don't suspect any foul play, but we also have no information as to finding her." Mouton said they are listing anyone as a suspect at this time.
The family continues to search for her and on Tuesday, attending a custody hearing in Lafayette on her behalf. Her four children have been with Sean Grebinger, Crystal's soon to be ex-husband's mother, since the day she went missing. "They went into foster care after she left Sean, to try and make a better life for her and her kids, and Sean was found unfit by the courts," said Savoy.
A restraining order filed in March of 2012 by Crystal lists episodes of abuse from Sean against her and her children. In January of 2013, Crystal filed a motion to withdraw the order on the same day Sean was found in contempt for breaking the order. The family said, Crystal did so because she was terrified.
"Being in a domestic violence situation there is a lot of back and forth," says Savoy.
Glenn Soileau, Sean's current attorney, said he and his client do not know of her whereabouts and want Crystal found as soon as possible so they can proceed with legal matters. As far as her disappearance, Soileau said ,"This isn't the first time she has gone missing."
Heather Young, a close friend of the family denied the allegation. "I've known Crystal for 20 years and she would never abandon her children,"
Young said it's time to find Crystal and she and the family are willing to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes.
If you have any information as to her whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Lafayette Police Department, State Police, St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office or the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office.