For Carlos Valpeoz Sr., the streets of Peru have grown all too familiar.

"She talked to people right here," he said as he stared at a map of the small village where his 35-year-old daughter was last seen. "I need to find my daughter somehow." 

Valpeoz described his daughter as a fearless woman who defied the odds as she explored the world while battling a degenerative eye condition.

"She always wanted to see as much of the world as she could before losing her eyesight totally," he said as he fought back tears.

Carla initially traveled to Peru for a wedding and went on to explore some of the archaeological sites in the country back in December. The Blanco High School graduate was last seen on surveillance video headed towards the ancient Incan ruins at the Pisac Archaeological Park.

"It's just a terrible feeling, ya know? I feel frustrated and sad," Valpeoz said. 

Since Carla was reported missing, Valpeoz traveled to South America to help out in the search which he said has left him with more questions than answers.

Valpeoz said the authorities have been very limited with their help in the investigation and hopes the FBI will consider opening up a case of their own. Until then, he is not giving up. 

"Somebody knows something," Valpeoz said. "I need to find my daughter." 

Valpeoz plans to head back to Peru in a few weeks to continue the search. As he plans his next trip, he leaves the states with a caution to all. 

"Don't go to Peru," he said solemnly. "Those archaeological parks are just stones, ya know, one on top of the other, it's not worth it." 

The Valpeoz family has set up a GoFundMe to offset the search and travel costs. 

Carla missing persons poster
Carlos Valpeoz


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