OAKLAND, CA -- Oakland police are searching for a woman who's been missing for almost three weeks.
Alicia Amanda Stokes went out on a Sunday morning and said she'd be right back. That's the last time anyone saw her.
Tonight Oakland Police forensic technicians collected potential evidence from the apartment of 33 year-old Alicia Amanda Stokes, known as "Mandy."
She hasn't been seen for 19 days. Now homicide detectives have the case.
"We move cases from missing persons to the homicide section when think there's some elements of foul play," said Sgt. Derwin Longmire from the Oakland Police.
Sgt. Longmire won't disclose what they've found. What we know: Stokes left her Merritt Avenue apartment on November 25. Tonia Stanley spoke with Stokes' brother.
"He said she left Sunday morning and told her brother she would be right back," said neighbor Tonia Stanley.
Two days later, stokes' black Honda Accord showed up on Park Blvd. near Leimert Blvd. by a ravine.
"The doors were locked. Her wallet was in there with her ID so now I know she has no way to purchase anything. She couldn't be in a hotel or anything like that," said the missing woman's sister Genna Stokes.
Genna stokes is the missing woman's younger sister. They have a big family -- eight kids from North Carolina, and Mandy never goes a day without calling one of them.
The family posted flyers and searched near Diamond Park near where Mandy's car was found. Mandy's picture and plight are on the web.
This neighborhood has a manicured look but neighbors say more and more crimes are happening here. One woman who lives in Stokes' building had her car broken into twice in three months. And about the same time Stokes disappeared, a man was mugged right here on this corner.
"I walk my girlfriend to and from her car or if she comes on the bus, I walk her here because we don't feel safe here," said Stokes' next door neighbor Josh Seidnfeld.
Mandy came to the Bay Area to study psychiatry. Genna now wears her sister's favorite necklace and says while she's hopeful she's also frightened.
"I'm scared, every time it's raining or at night especially, it scares me because I'm thinking where is she sleeping, who is she with," said Stokes.