AUSTIN (KXAN) - It has been nearly one year since Austin mother Julie Ann Gonzalez disappeared, and there are still no answers.
But police say the investigation has been stalled by the silence of Gonzalez's estranged husband George De La Cruz.
"We believe he has more information than anyone else," said Lt. Gena Curtis, with the Austin Police Department's Violent Crime Unit.
Curtis said De La Cruz, the last known person to have seen and spoken to Gonzalez, is refusing to speak with police and that his attorney, Patrick Fagerberg, is also being uncooperative.
"We are at our wit's end trying to get information from George and his attorney," said Curtis.
Fagerberg made a brief statement saying he stands by his client's innocence.
"This last year has been like if time stopped," said Sandra Soto, Gonzalez's mother. "And time stopped when we reported her missing because we didn't celebrate holidays. We didn't celebrate birthdays ... We didn't celebrate Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving. We didn't do any of that. It was just too hard for us all."
Soto said they didn't want to recognize those days without her daughter and without knowing where she is.
"We can't enjoy, it's hard to enjoy anything ... not knowing where your child is."
Austin police issued a search warrant at her estranged husband's home Augustl 2010, but investigators said they also found evidence that Gonzalez may have voluntarily disappeared. She was 21 years old when she went missing.
Still, her mother said that's not the case and that her daughter would not have abandoned her young child, who was 2 years old at the time.
Gonzalez's car, which she had for just three weeks, was found abandoned at a Walgreen's parking lot by her sister. Gonzalez's mother said it's four blocks away from where her son-in-law lives.
Soto's pushing the Austin Police Department to do more.
"I always hope that they are collecting as much as possible, but I don't know," said Soto. "I don't know if they have enough evidence. I don't know if they're dragging their feet. Of course, I trust that they are doing a thorough investigation."
To bolster the efforts to find Gonzalez, her family hired a private investigator in December.
And the family's struggle to find her have not gone unnoticed. They posted her picture on billboards around town after she went missing March 26, 2010.
Dozens of Gonzalez's family members and friends took to the streets, passed out fliers and even held posters plastered with her picture to raise awareness about her disappearance.
They even sold barbecue as a way to raise reward money for any information or answers to what happened -- answers Soto has said her son-in-law may be able to answer.
"I haven't been told that there's anyone else that's considered or maybe questioned [by police]," said Soto. "He's the only one, and to this day, he's still not cooperating ... He has a lawyer. He's lawyered up, and his attorney is basically telling him, 'Don't answer any questions. Don't talk to anybody.'"
Soto said no matter where her daughter is, family and friends are still thinking about her and are still working toward trying to find answers about her disappearance. She said they are not giving up.
"We want to lift her in prayer and just leave it to God," said Soto.
Family and friends will show up to a prayer vigil at the Capitol on Saturday, marking exactly a year since the mother's disappearance.
"We don't want a day of mourning," said Soto. "This is a day of positive to celebrate Julie Ann's life ... And just let her know wherever she is, we want to reach out to her and let her know that we still love her and we are looking for her and we're not going anywhere."
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