A WIDOW who faked her pregnancy before vanishing on the day she was due to be induced once threw a gender reveal party and baby shower for her bogus unborn twins.
Elizabeth Jasso, 31, was reported missing last Thursday by her mother-in-law, Blanca Gonzalez, after she left her home in Baytown, Texas, to visit her husband's grave and never returned.
A desperate search was launched and Jasso was found alive and well by police on Tuesday afternoon.
Officials said that Jasso was unharmed and no foul play or crime had occurred.
Crucially, she also wasn't pregnant at the time of her disappearance, police said.
As it would transpire, Jasso had actually faked her pregnancy and even bought ultrasound scans online in a bid to trick her in-laws.
Speaking to the media last week, a desperate Gonzalez said she was "very worried" about her daughter-in-law and needed to find her because she believed she was 40 weeks pregnant.
But within two days, Gonzales was informed by Jasso's father and sister that they'd learned the entire pregnancy was a sham, and Jasso couldn't even have kids to begin with.
A glimpse at Jasso's social media pages shows the drastic extent she went to, to keep the lie going.
Images posted to both her personal Instagram and Facebook pages show she hosted a baby shower and had a pregnancy photo shoot.
"Thank you all who came out and celebrate the expected arrival of OUR twins Cash & Royalty Blessed to have the realest Aunts & Uncles," she wrote on June 24, indicating that she'd also already named the non-existent twins.
One of the images shows Jasso standing on a beach in a red dress, holding her stomach as if caressing a baby bump.
Superimposed in the frame next to her is the ghostly outline of her late husband, Milko Jasso, who was shot dead in February.
Another post on Instagram shows Jasso with one of Milko's daughters from a previous relationship. The daughter is kneeling down on the sand and kissing Jasso's alleged bump.
"Big Sister loves her baby bothers [sic] … Cash & Royalty," the caption reads.
A third image shows her at her husband's gravesite with the caption, "I love you hubby… Thank you for the precious blessing."
Other posts on her Instagram feed show that she threw an elaborate gender reveal party in March 2011, complete with confetti cannons and printed t-shirts for attendees.
"What will it be?" one of the shirts read. Another said "Boy or Girl? Nobody knows."
An image included in the post shows Jasso surrounded by family members, looking up in shock as the blue tape flickers in the air.
"It's … TWIN BOYS!!" text overlayed on the image reads, along with a crying emoji and two blue hearts.
Jasso appears to have told her husband she was pregnant before his death.
A post dated January 22, 2021, shows Milko Jasso with his head resting on her stomach. The caption reads, "Daddy loves the growing belly #JassoTwins."
Within weeks, Milko Jasso was shot dead inside a home after he started a physical confrontation with a 20-year-old woman and her 36-year-old boyfriend inside their home.
It's currently unclear why Jasso lied about her pregnancy.
A person who claimed to know Jasso alleged in a Facebook that Milko had been cheating on her with the 20-year-old woman he'd been arguing with on the night he was killed.
She allegedly faked the pregnancy so that Milko would get back with her, the woman claimed.
Neither Jasso's immediate family members nor her in-laws have yet offered a reason as to why they believe she would lie about the pregnancy.
The day before her disappearance, on August 4, Jasso wrote on Facebook that she was due to be induced the following day.
"Y’all pray for this girl… Inducement is scheduled for tomorrow to bring our boys into the world," she wrote, telling family members the appointment was due to take place at 10am.
Then the following day, Jasso left Gonzales home where she'd been living to visit her husbands grave.
Uploading a photo of his headstone, she wrote: "My heart is filled with so much joy & sadness. All I can imagine is your big beautiful smile as you body rock up in heaven…but the day is here & I know your spirit flies all around me. I promise that Cash & Royalty will know how great you were….I love you forever pendejo.”
A worker at the cemetery saw Jasso get back into her white BMW and drive away. But Jasso never returned to Gonzales' home.
'LOST FOR WORDS'
Gonzales immediately filed a missing persons report. In an interview with ABC13 at the time, she said: "I had talked to her Wednesday night saying, ‘Little mija, I can’t wait until tomorrow. You better not have them babies until I get home.'”
Jasso had packed a bag for the hospital and taken it with her when she left on the morning of August 5. Gonzales later found the bag next to her front door.
The family then discovered that Jasso was never pregnant, and their fear for her safety soon turned into confusion.
While mystery continues to surround Jasso's disappearance, Gonzalez said she feels betrayed by her daughter-in-law and wants answers.
In a since-deleted Facebook post, she wrote: "I am completely at a loss of words with what I have discovered … Me and my family and friends have been deceived by my daughter-in-law.
"This is my daughter in law she has faked her pregnancy with fake ultrasound photos and we had no clue at all being that I lost my son a few months ago and her I was and everyone else thinking we were waiting on the arrival of my grandsons.
"So Liz if you are seeing this thank you for getting our hopes up I just ask you to come home and come forward with answers.”
'FEELS LIKE A MOVIE'
Jasso's cousin-in-law Victoria Cruz-Ramirez, meanwhile, told ABC13 that the entire ordeal has felt like a "novella. A Lifetime movie."
She said the "puzzle came together" when Jasso's father and sister came by their home two days after she was first reported missing.
"The sister and the father said that, 'You know she wasn't pregnant.' They figured that she was faking the pregnancy. She couldn't even have kids."
Cruz-Ramirez said she hoped that Jasso was okay and called for her to be mentally evaluated.
Before she was found police said they believed she was "suffering from a crisis" but declined to provide more details.
Her father also expressed fears for his daughter's safety, adding: "We're very worried. Very worried about her and her babies."
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