Police Search Lake Overholser For Missing Teen, Believed To Be Homicide Victim

Tuesday, August 3rd 2021, 5:48 pm
By: Hunter McKee


Authorities conducted a massive search at Lake Overholser Tuesday morning to look for a teen who's been missing since the 4th of July. Investigators believe she is the victim of a homicide.

Haylie Gonzalez has been missing for almost a month.

Related: Man Arrested On Murder Complaint In Death Of 17-Year-Old OKC Teen Presumed Dead

Police searched the Lake Overholser area for over 5 hours.

Officers began their search around 6 a.m., scanning as much of the area as they could. Detectives said this is just one of several spots they've been looking since Gonzalez went missing.

"Anytime we get into a case this complex, and we have such a large area of evidence that we're searching for, we have emergency response teams and other officers that are actually pulled from different divisions," said Dillon Quirk, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

A family friend told News 9 she's been helping with the search for several weeks now.

"I see as a mom; I have kids and I wish somebody would do the same thing for my own kids if I wasn't here," said Adriana Mendoza, a family friend.

The 17-year-old was last seen at a party on July 4.  Police reports said that night she was partying with friends at Eduardo Bonilla-Lopez's home. Investigators said she reached out to a friend asking for a ride and sounded scared.  When her friend arrived, Gonzalez was nowhere to be found.

There is nothing about Haylie anywhere," said Sonie Gonzalez, her sister. "This came out of nowhere."

Records show Bonilla-Lopez FaceTimed a friend that night, allegedly asking for help dumping a body while Gonzalez was dying from a gunshot wound.

The next week, he was arrested on a murder complaint.

"I'm not going to stop," said Mendoza. "I'm not going to stop searching for her."

If you have any information on this case or Gonzalez' whereabouts, you're asked to call police.