Yoshi, a white, three-year-old, female terrier mix has been missing since September 7 of last year. The owner has contacted a police detective because, as the “missing” poster notes, “The people who found Yoshi are keeping her.”
When I spoke to her on the phone, Yoshi’s owner, Meldi, told me that she hasn't stopped searching for Yoshi and that she knows who has her.
How does she know this? She said when she started posting flyers in the surrounding neighborhoods of where she lives, she’d return many times and find her posters torn down, yet flyers of other missing animals would remain intact. When she posted flyers with tear-off phone numbers, she would return and find all the phone numbers torn in half.
Meldi says her posts on Craigslist resulted in sarcastic and insulting emails. Further, she stated that she has seen the same man following her around in a car at least six times while she was posting the flyers (she has not been able to get his complete license-plate number).
She believes that the captor of Yoshi might be in the vicinity of 26th-27th streets and Broadway or near 25th and Imperial, because that is where all the flyers have been torn down and it is also where she says she has seen the same man watching her from his car.
She believes Yoshi is in an apartment complex within those blocks and is searching for the car and the man behind the wheel. She also feels it is taking up too much of her life, but she is upset to think someone took her dog.
Yoshi has no microchip, nor is she on any kind of medications. She has regularly checked the animal shelters.
Meldi claims the detective handling her case does not return her calls, and the two voice mails I left for the detective were also not returned.
Meldi has taken advantage of the Reader's Golden Hill Holler pages to post the flyers and has a Facebook page set up for Yoshi. She is hoping that by doing all of this, a neighbor or someone who knows the person who may have Yoshi will contact her.