(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – What happened to Evelin? Billboards posing this very question are being posted all over New England in hopes of helping investigators solve the mystery surrounding the 23-year-old's disappearance.
Evelin Valibayova moved thousands of miles away from her native Azerbaijan to the United States seeking a new life. She was working hard to achieve the American Dream; however, something happened to Evelin the weekend of July 16, 2011 that put those plans on hold.
The weekend she disappeared Evelin worked until almost midnight on Saturday at Area Four, a restaurant in Cambridge. The following day she had plans to talk with her mother in Azerbaijan via Skype, and her boyfriend was planning on visiting her in Quincy that same day.
"We believe Evelin went missing due to foul play. She skyped with her mother regularly, contacted her brother regularly, bank accounts, credit card accounts. She was gainfully employed. She just fell off the map," Trooper John Morris told FOX 25's Bob Ward.
Evelin Valiboyova was most recently living in a small apartment building on 11 Hodges Ave. in Quincy. Inside the apartment, police found some personal papers, her passport, her birth certificate, and even a marriage license. They also found some forensic evidence.
"Crime scene services have gathered some forensic evidence, specifically, will not comment on. Enough for us to have a very strong belief that she was the victim of foul play," Norfolk Country District Attorney Michael Morrissey said.
The last known image of Evelin was captured by a MBTA surveillance camera. It was taken at 12:27 a.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at the North Quincy MBTA station, just 200 yards from her home.
Evelin also used her phone that night to text a co-worker at Area Four saying she could not cover her Monday shift because she was going on a business trip. However, there was no business trip.
"There's no evidence that has shown us that Evelin was involved in any risky behavior. She was a typical, hard-working 23-year-old with a nice circle of family and friends who cared about her."
At the time she disappeared, Evelin was getting ready to move, not once, but twice.
Police know about one apartment in Brighton, but a year later, they still don't know about another apartment.
"Evelin was going to move into an apartment in Brighton effective September 1. And for the month of August she was going to sublet an apartment in the Allston-Brighton area. We do not know where that is. We would like to know who she was going to sublet an apartment from for that month."
Police believe the key to understanding what happened to Evelin Valibayova is somewhere at her apartment in Quincy where she vanished and where police found forensic evidence.
A full year later, the mystery is far from solved, but no one is giving up.
"We have put together a large wealth of information and put together a person of interest. But we're now to the point where we really need the public's help. We're kind of stalled right now, and we need help."
Anyone with information regarding Evelin Valibayova's disappearance is asked to contact the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, Massachusetts State Police, or local law enforcement.