A family is hoping the New Year will bring new leads in the disappearance of a San Antonio native. Carla Valpeoz was last seen in a small village in Peru nearly three weeks ago.
Since then, her father, Carlos Valpeoz Sr., flew to Peru, where he vows to stay until his daughter is found.
"We've hit a dead end and my family wants answers," Carlos Valpeoz Jr., Carla's brother, told KENS 5 via Skype. "We don't think that anyone should have to go through this. Carla is an incredible human being and she devotes her entire life to helping other people."
Carla was born in San Antonio she went on to graduate from Blanco High School in the early 2000s.
Early on, she was diagnosed with rod-cone deficiency, a condition that made her legally blind.
But that didn't stop her.
"She's just always had a love for travel," Carlos Jr. said.
Which is why this trip to Peru was no surprise. She initially went to Lima for a wedding but went on to Cusco with a tour group her family believes she may have left the day she disappeared.
"She could have gotten turned around, she could have gotten altitude sickness. We also are looking into other possibilities, criminal activity, things of that nature," Carlos Jr. continued.
He is concerned all the possibilities may not be explored. He says the new year brought a power shift in the local government in Cusco and he worries those who have been on the case have to hand it off to someone new.
"We believe that we deserve answers and that we don't want this thing swept under the rug," he added.
The family is raising funds via GoFundMe. The proceeds go towards continuing the search with professional help.