Mercedes Clement: 1 year later, family continues search for missing woman, last seen with man in Texas parking lot

DALLAS – Over a year ago, surveillance video captured Mercedes Clement walking through a Dallas parking lot, accompanied by a man. Somehow, the video stopped recording between 1am and 8am and the single mother was never seen or heard from again.

Her parents, Alicia and Emiliano Gazotti, have been looking for her ever since.

“Mercedes, she was just a gift,” her mother told Michael Strahan, host of “Good Morning America.” “She’s always been saving her money for the homeless…always this huge heart of gold, always.”

On the night of October 11, 2020, Mercedes, then 25 years old, called a few of her friends, telling one she was feeling scared and needed a ride in her car.

“She said, ‘I have to go,’ and the phone disconnected, that’s all,” said Alicia Gazotti.

The next day, Gazottis received a letter informing them that their daughter’s car had been towed.

“Her wallet is in the car. Her wallet is in the car. Her car keys are in the front seat. Her bra is in the passenger seat. We just know something is wrong.” she said.

Detective Patty Belew, a Dallas Police Department homicide detective, is tasked with solving the case.

She said she investigated seven hours of missing footage from the Koko/Luau Apartments parking lot, and the company that installed the surveillance system told her that such glitches don’t happen often. .

Clement’s wallet, found in her car the next day, also raised the detective’s suspicions.

“It’s the purse you see her walking around in the apartment complex,” Belew said. “So either she brought it back, or the people put her in the car, and their intention was to get back in the car, but the car was towed before they could do that.”

Belew said she has identified many people of interest, some of whom are involved in her life during drug use. The list includes Tanner Losson, 36, the man spotted in surveillance video in October 2020. He has refused to speak to authorities.

Losson is currently in the Dallas County Jail on unrelated charges. He did not respond to a request for comment.

Now Gazottis feared that the road was starting to get cold.

“I think the media, the police, the missing people – there’s always a stigma around certain people… if they look a little different or if they’re not a boy or a girl. girls next door, they won’t be treated with Alicia Gazotti said.

The frenzied attention surrounding Gabby Petito’s disappearance and killing has shed new light on a phenomenon known as “missing white woman syndrome”.

Many hope the Petito saga can draw more attention to missing people of color, like Clement, who is of Hispanic and Asian descent.

Experts say that paying attention to cases like Clement’s can generate new leads and bring them home.

“If Mercedes was listening right now, what would you like to say to her?” Strahan asked Alicia Gazotti.

“I don’t give up. I love you so much. I love you so much,” she replied. “I will continue to be strong. And if she feels weak, just know that I am strong.”

If you have any information about Mercedes Clement, please call the North Texas Crime Commission at 1-877-373-TIPS.

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