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Deborah Flores-Narvaez: Death of a Showgirl

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Photo of Flores-Narvaez released by police
Photo of Flores-Narvaez released by police

As investigators probing Flores-Narvaez's disappearance continued to work back the timeline in their inquiries, they learned that on Monday, November 8, 2010, a friend of Griffith's, Gerald Gordon, had contacted NLVPD expressing concern about Griffith's welfare. According to police reports, Hill had received a text message from Griffith that caused him to believe that Griffith was suicidal. When officers responded, Griffith was not at home. However, they found him on a nearby street sitting inside his car texting. At that time an officer completed a "Legal 2000," a legal procedure that gives law enforcement and medical professionals the right to hold a person believed to be suffering from mental problems for evaluation for up to 72 hours. Griffith was transported to Mountain View Hospital and held for a short time before being released.

Later, however, on December 17, 2010, Marcia Christensen, a former girlfriend of Griffith's, contacted Detective Garris and told him that she had received a text message from Griffith on December 7 or 8 in which he had purportedly asked her if she knew where he could obtain a gun. Apparently he was unable to purchase or possess a gun because of his prior arrest for alleged domestic violence. What he had planned to do with a gun, had he obtained one, was a mystery.

Police revealed that Flores-Narvaez had sent an ominous text message to her mother several days before she disappeared. Her mother, Elise Narvaez, who also lives in Georgia, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the message read: "In case there is ever an emergency with me, contact Blu Griffith in Vegas. My ex-boyfriend. Not my best friend." Her mother said that Flores-Narvaez had instructed her to keep the message for her records.

"I asked Debbie what it means," her mother said. "And she says, 'Never mind, mommy. Just keep it for your records.'"

"To me it doesn't make any sense," her sister, Celeste, told Fox 5 Vegas. "Just, like when you're texting really quick, to me it doesn't make sense... I think there is foul play somewhere. My sister isn't the type of person to leave and be gone this long."

Facebook page for missing Flores-Narvaez
Facebook page for missing Flores-Narvaez

A number of Debbie's friends set up a donation fund on Facebook, where Debbie reportedly had thousands of "friends," and $4,000 was quickly raised as a reward for information about what may have happened to the beautiful dancer.

"Somebody knows something, somebody saw something," her sister said in an emotional plea for information. "You don't have to say your name. Just call the police. It's the holidays. Please bring her home for the holidays."

As for Griffith, Celeste told People that he has been uncooperative with the family in providing them with detailed information about the case.

"He doesn't want to sit down and talk to me," Celeste said. "There are so many inconsistencies."

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