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Christine Mustafa update: Missing mom's friends, family organize meal drive for landfill searchers

Posted at 5:28 AM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 08:17:15-05

Friends and family of a missing Valley woman are teaming up with businesses and individuals to provide lunch for the Phoenix police officers searching a Buckeye landfill for Christine Mustafa.

"Until we find her, it's not over," said Diane Strand, who helped organize the meal drive. 

"These people are out there still searching for Christine and we're able to thank them [in] a small way," she said. 

Around 30 officers and detectives are taking part in the up to nine-week search. While police provide water and snacks, the officers otherwise pack their own lunches.

Strand told ABC15 there are now five businesses that have agreed to donate meals on Tuesdays and Fridays. She and others then drive the food from north Phoenix to the landfill gates. 

"To know that what [the searchers] are doing matters to people out here really helps them get through the day," said Phoenix police Sgt. Alan Pfohl. 

Pfohl said the work for search crews is both physically and mentally exhausting. While they've made "great progress" -- there is still no sign Mustafa's remains. 

Mustafa's boyfriend has been charged with murder. The 34-year-old Valley mother hasn't been heard from since May.