On Saturday, April 5, 1986, Penny Cayedito left her three daughters in the care of a babysitter while she went out to a bar called Talk of the Town. She returned around midnight to relieve the babysitter of her duties, and allowed the girls to stay up for a while to play.
At 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 6th, Penny got out of bed to go wake her daughters up for bible school. Anthonette was not in Penny’s bed and was nowhere to be found.
After frantically searching for her, the police were called. They found no evidence at the scene of the disappearance.
A search began to no avail and the investigation came to a halt.
One year later, a call came in to the Gallup, New Mexico Police Department. The caller claimed to be Anthonette and stated that she was in Albuquerque. But before she could say another word, an unidentified male voice said, “Who said you could use the phone?” The girl screamed and the call ended.
Penny heard the recording of the call and was positive that it was her missing daughter but she did not recognize the male voice in the background.
The call was too short to be traced by the police.
Four years later, another tip came in. A waitress in Carson City, Nevada informed police that she served a couple and a young girl who was about 14 or 15, about the age Anthonette would have been at that point. While the young girl was there, she intentionally pushed her fork off the table, and every time, the waitress would put it back on the table. (Ew). When the waitress did this, the young girl would squeeze her hand hard. Not getting the obvious hint that something isn’t right with this picture, the waitress finally walked away.
After the couple and young girl left, the waitress went back to their table and noticed a note had been left there. Written on the note were the words, “Please help me! Call the police!”
Because of this tip, the police reexamined the case. In doing so, they re-interviewed Anthonette’s sister, Wendy, who was five at the time of her sister’s disappearance.
Wendy claimed that there was a knock on the door at 3 a.m. and Anthonette asked, “Who’s there”?
“Uncle Joe,” replied the knocker.
Anthonette opened the door and found two unknown men – one Hispanic, one black – on the other side. They both grabbed her kicking and screaming “Let me go, let me go!”, and then fled the scene.
The one calling himself Uncle Joe was not her real Uncle Joe. He was interviewed by police and ruled out as a suspect.
Asked why she never told anybody about that night until now, Wendy replied that she was afraid she would get into trouble because her mommy was crying.
In 1992, Anthonette’s case appeared on Unsolved Mysteries. In this segment, we hear the 911 call mentioned above.
In 1999, the police were hoping to question Penny one more time on her death bed, but they were too late. Penny died before they got there. The police believed she knew more about her daughter’s disappearance than she was telling. One reason being that Penny had taken a polygraph test and failed.
Despite an extensive investigation, Anthonette has never been found and her fate remains unknown. Police believe she is deceased.
The fact that this young girl was trying to get help is heartbreaking. Whoever that girl was needed rescued that day.
It’s a shame we will probably never know what happened to Anthonette, unless she’s alive today and out there somewhere. I believe she very well could be. Until her body is found, there is always hope she will one day return.
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