Reporting Maria Medina
MODESTO (CBS13) – A Modesto woman has been missing for nearly three weeks, and police say the last person to see her isn’t talking now.
Investigators say the woman’s boyfriend’s kept changing his story before he went silent.
Eldoris Graham’s family began the New Year wondering if they’d ever see her again. Neighbors say her friends and family came knocking on their doors, wondering the last time they’d seen her.
“If I saw her, she’d smile and I’d smile back,” said one neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous.
For three weeks no one at her Modesto apartment complex has seen that familiar smile from Graham.
Police say they received a call from the 28-year-old’s mother last month when she didn’t show up for her job at a Salida Burger King. Her mother said she’d spoken to her daughter just a couple days before that, when Graham told her mother she’d be heading to the Bay Area with her boyfriend Anthony Coxum.
“He always made me feel uncomfortable,” the neighbor said.
Because of that, the neighbor, who lived next door to the couple, didn’t want to reveal her identity. She says she heard suspicious noises coming from Graham’s apartment a day before she disappeared.
“I heard bangs, like banging, like bang, bang,” the neighbor said. “I was in my living room and the banging was so loud I thought someone was knocking on my door.”
Too afraid, she didn’t leave her apartment to check on the noise.
Modesto police say Coxum is the last person to see Graham. At first he told police he’d dropped Graham off in the Bay Area, and then his stories allegedly kept changing until he finally stopped talking to police.
Police say Coxum was found driving Graham’s car, a 1994 Pontiac Bonneville sedan, across the country in North Carolina. He’s now behind bars on a probation violation in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
“I can’t really describe it. There was just something about him where he just made me uncomfortable,” the Graham’s neighbor said.
To make this case even more complicated, police say they’re not even sure if the couple made it to the Bay Area.
Police say Graham’s cell phone and credit cards haven’t been used since her disappearance.