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Missing mom was with man "making her nervous"

Jaimee Mendez

CBS Boston

SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. -- A Massachusetts mother told friends she was with a man who was making her nervous before vanishing Thursday, reports CBS Boston.

25-year-old Jaimee Mendez, of Swampscott, reportedly made two phone calls to friends that day, saying she was with a man in nearby Lynn and wanted to leave. Swampscott and Lynn are adjoing suburbs north of Boston.

"She said, 'Listen, I'm on this street I'm with this guy, he's making me really nervous, I want to get out of here,'" her sister, Alyssa Mendez, told CBS Boston. "[Her friend] went to go pick up her up, she never showed, and her phone was off. That's the last anyone ever heard of her."

Police in Salem discovered the missing woman's jacket, cellphone, phone charger and ID in an industrial area over the weekend, family told the station. Mendez' sneakers, men's clothing and a part of a rug were also discovered in a dumpster outside a drugstore in Lynn, according to family.

The Essex County District Attorney's office wouldn't comment on details of the ongoing investigation to the station.

Local police agencies in Swampscott, Salem and Lynn were coordinating with Massachusetts State Police on the search, reports the Boston Herald. Crews used a helicopter to comb wooded areas in the North Shore area, reports the paper.

Mendez is reportedly diabetic and left her medication at home. Her family says she would never leave her five-year-old son, who is autistic, alone for such a long stretch of time.

"It's like a race against the clock," Alyssa Mendez told the station.