Miami-Dade County

She landed at MIA on her way from Italy to Peru. Then she disappeared, cops say

Elizabeth Draguillow
Elizabeth Draguillow Miami-Dade police

Elizabeth Draguillow wasn’t happy when she was told she had to leave Italy because she overstayed her visa.

Draguillow, who had lived in Italy for about two years with her daughter, boarded an American Airlines plane in Italy July 9 to head to Peru, where she had lived prior.

But according to police and her family, the 62-year-old never made it.

When the plane landed at Miami International Airport for a layover, Draguillow, who was born in the United States and has an American passport, walked off the plane and disappeared. She never made it to the connecting flight.

“We are really worried about her,” her cousin Donald Wheeler said, adding Draguillow does not have credit cards or a bank account and only carried a certain amount of cash. “She has been known to drink heavily and we are just afraid she is in trouble.”

Wheeler said nobody — including her daughter — has heard from her since she left Italy.

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade police shared a missing person flier in hope of getting the community’s help in finding her.

“We are concerned for her well-being and we want her to be reunited with her family,” said Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesman for Miami-Dade police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Police Department’s Special Victims Bureau, Missing Persons Squad at 305-715-3300 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.