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PROVO, Utah (AP) — The parents of a missing 26-year-old Mexican woman who had been studying in Utah are begging for help to find their daughter.

Libertad Edith Salgado and Julio Cesar Laguna spoke Thursday in Provo after traveling from their home in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, reports the Daily Herald newspaper in Provo ( ).

Their daughter, Elena Laguna Salgado, has not been seen since she left class at the Nomen Global Language Center in downtown Provo at 1:30 p.m. on April 16.

Libertad Salgado said she's on the brink of a nervous breakdown.

"Since our daughter has been missing all we want to do is get back to our normal life," Libertad Salgado said in Spanish. "I want to be able to tell my daughter how much I love her. I just want to find that peace in my heart, that comfort. I know Heavenly Father will return my daughter to me."

Police say there is no evidence she was kidnapped, but they consider it worrisome that she hasn't made contact with anyone.

Laguna Salgado's cellphone has been turned off, and there has been no activity on her credit cards or any other sign of where she is or what happened, police say.

She had just finished a Mormon mission in Mexico. She was living with roommates in Provo.

Last week, former kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart held a news conference urging people to help find Salgado. Smart was 14 when she was snatched out of her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002. She was held captive for nine months before being found walking with her captor walking down a public street in Utah.

About 100 people participated Saturday in a volunteer search of the area where the woman went missing in Provo.

"Please, if anyone sees her, we don't want to do any harm to the people who may or may not have her, but we do want our daughter back," said her mother, Libertad Salgado. "All we want is to have our daughter returned to us safe and sound."

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