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Updated at 5:35am — Missing Cruces Teacher Is Back Home

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Woman who vanished Tuesday morning turns up at truck stop Saturday with broken wrist.

Cynthia "Cynta" Torres, a 53-year-old elementary school teacher, who went missing from her home around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, was picked up Saturday morning from the Love's truck stop west of Las Cruces on Interstate 10, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

Torres, who teaches first grade at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, called her husband, Marcos Torres, from the truck stop around 11 a.m. Saturday, and he went to pick her up, the woman's daughter, Xochitl Torres, told the Sun-News.

Cynta Torres walked out of town the day she disappeared, following a network of ditches and canals, but on her first night out she fell and broke her wrist in two places, and she lost her jacket, her daughter told the paper.

"Hallelujah," said Las Cruces Schools Superintendent Stan Rounds, when told of Torres' return. "We're going to work with her to provide her time and support to ensure that, when she would return to the classroom, she would be fully ready."

Xochitl Torres told the Sun-News that it didn't appear her mother suffered any foul play during her disappearance, but added: "It was a dangerous situation and we're so grateful for the mobilization of the community. As soon as we are able to release information, I will. I understand that people want to know what happened, and the most important thing is that she's safe." 

5:05am 10/24/08 — Las Cruces Teacher Vanishes on Walk: 54-year-old elementary school teacher was last seen leaving her house on Wednesday.

Cynta Torres, 54, a first-grade teacher at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Las Cruces, was last seen leaving her house around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, her husband and daughter told the Las Cruces Sun-News.

"She left the house to go walk and just never returned," her daughter, Xochitl Torres, told the Sun-News. "She was wearing dark pants and a navy blue shirt and then a long black trench coat … She left her cell phone, her purse; as far as we know, she had no ID on her, no money and none of her medication."

Xochitl Torres said her mother had been treated recently for depression, due to problems at work, the paper reported.

Marcos Torres, Cynta's husband, told the Sun-News his wife had been under stress because of conflicts she had been having with a fellow teacher.

"They've got different philosophies about teaching in general, and it just got to the breaking point last Friday. She was upset," Marcos Torres said.

The couple, who have lived in Las Cruces for more than 30 years, had gone to vote early on Tuesday, then stopped at the teachers' union and returned home, the Sun-News said.

"She said she was just going out for a walk and be back. It's not unusual for her to be gone an hour, two hours, three hours," Marcos Torres told the paper. "But she's, like I say, she may be out for several hours and nothing like this. She's never been gone overnight."

A missing persons report was filed with police, Las Cruces Police Department spokesman Dan Trujillo told the Sun-News.

Police were reviewing a video from a city bus after several people reported possibly seeing her, Marcos Torres said.

Jo Galvan, Las Cruces Public Schools spokeswoman, said Cynta Torres had been with the school district since August 1990.

According to her husband, Cynta Torres has taught in Chaparral and at Fairacres, MacArthur and Sunrise elementary schools in Las Cruces, the Sun-News said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at (575) 526-8000.




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