The case of missing Debora “Debbie” Flores Narvaez already sounds like a “Dateline” or “48 Hours Mystery” news magazine story — a former Washington Redskins cheerleader and current Las Vegas dancer was last seen leaving her home on Dec. 12 at around 7 p.m. Her ex-boyfriend, Jason “Blu” Griffith, whom she was going to see that evening, admits to seeing her around 7:30 p.m. And then Debbie Flores Narvaez disappeared.
Flores Narvaez was reported missing on Dec. 14. Las Vegas Police were notified by a roommate after Flores missed a rehearsal. When she was last seen, she was reportedly on her way to visit her ex-boyfriend, Griffith.
Fox News reports that Griffith was arrested in October for assaulting Flores. He is also expected to be in court Tuesday for an arraignment on domestic violence charges.
According to her sister, Celeste Flores, Jason Griffith has proved uncooperative toward the family. “I am the only one out here on behalf of my family and he doesn’t want to sit down and talk to me,” she said. “There are many inconsistencies.”
Flores said that Griffith admitted to talking to Flores Narvaez at his door for a short period of time on Dec. 12. “He told me that she said she’s been depressed for the past couple of days because it was the holidays and she wasn’t around her family.”
He also told her that she had been sleeping her car, which was unusual for her sister. Celeste Flores also said that, after speaking with her sister’s friends, that “Blu made her upset a lot.”
Described by friend Leo Castro as “dedicated to dancing,” the 31-year-old Flores was a cast member of the Luxor “Fantasy” show. A team representative for the Washington Redskins said she worked for as an “ambassador” (read: cheerleader) for the team in 2007 and 2008. Afterward, she moved to Las Vegas to pursue a career in dance. At one point, she even auditioned for the hit Fox series “So You Think You Can Dance.”
But dance wasn’t the only thing on Flores’ resume. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she held advanced degrees in both Business and Law. She had committed herself to her dream career of dancing after losing her job managing financial portfolios in Baltimore. It was then that she tried out for a position on the Redskins cheerleader squad.
Las Vegas Police found Flores Narvaez abandoned car a few days after she was last seen. They had received an abandoned car report but had not responded because there was no report of a stolen car with Maryland license plates. The same person called back a few days later, telling police that the abandoned vehicle was still at the same location. Police responded and impounded the vehicle. They found Debbie Flores Narvaez’s purse inside.
Flores’ mother, Elise Narvaez, told the Journal-Constitution that she received a cryptic text message from her daughter 11 days before she went missing.
“In case there is ever an emergency with me,” the message read, “contact Blu Griffith in Vegas. My ex-boyfriend. Not my best friend.”
Narvaez, who lives in Roswell, Ga., said she asked her daughter for clarification but all she said was: “‘Never mind, mommy. Just keep it for your records.'”
Celeste Flores, who lives in Smyrna, Ga., said the message was ambiguous. She told the Journal-Constitution that it could have meant that Jason Griffith “could reach Debbie Flores-Narvaez if there were an emergency or he should be a suspect if something happened to her.” However, she refused to speculate.
Debora “Debbie” Flores Narvaez is described as Hispanic (she was born in Puerto Rico), about 5-foot-5 and weighs 120 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
Las Vegas Police investigators are urging anyone with information on the whereabouts of Flores to contact the Las Vegas Police Department at (702) 828-2907.
Cristina Corbin, “Las Vegas Police Search for Missing Dancer,” FoxNews.com
Rhonda Cook, “Georgia mother, sister beg for help finding Las Vegas dancer,” AJC.com