When a school counselor went missing on Monday night and was found dead in a ditch, her family was left reeling.
They’ve been given no indication that she’s dead or that her family thinks they might be.
But now, they’re looking for answers, hoping to bring some closure to the ordeal that’s left many parents devastated.
For the family, it’s been a very strange week.
As Carmel High School reopened Tuesday, staff said they were still struggling to deal with the teacher’s disappearance.
A spokesperson for the school district told ABC News that they were working to provide answers and would share them in the coming days.
The school’s principal and vice principal were also asked to be at the school Tuesday afternoon and said they would not be returning, according to the spokesperson.
In a statement released to ABC News, Carmel Superintendent Robert Withers said the district “is working to bring to light all pertinent facts as quickly as possible” and would not comment further until that time.
The family is still reeling from the incident.
The teacher’s mother, Mary Ellen, told ABC’s Good Morning America that she had no idea why her daughter disappeared.
The incident happened on Monday evening at 9:15 p.m. local time, she said.
The school is open at the time.
But there was no sign of Mary Ellen’s daughter, Carmela, until she got home from work at 6 a.m., she said, adding that her daughter never arrived at her home.
“I’m devastated,” Mary Ellen said.
“I feel so stupid for even having an idea what happened.
I don’t know what to do.
I just feel so angry, I don.
I feel so sorry.”
A message left for the principal and the vice principal was not immediately returned.
In an interview with ABC News’ “Good Morning America” program Tuesday morning, the principal said the school had not received any “significant” calls about the missing teacher and that staff were still trying to process the news.
The principal said staff had not yet been notified of any investigation into Mary Ellen Carmela’s disappearance, and she did not know how long the investigation would take.
The superintendent also said the investigation into the disappearance of Mary Elizabeth Carmela will continue, and the school would be open as normal Tuesday.
The Carmel Police Department has not released the school counselor’s name, and police have not released her name, age, or condition.ABC News’ Amy Smith, David M. Banks, and John Frawley contributed to this report.