Missing school board member resurfaces

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PHOENIX, Ariz. - A woman who was missing for four months after being elected to the Roosevelt School District's governing board has resurfaced.

Irma Moreno, 40, said personal problems left her without the means or the energy to go to board meetings.

Moreno was elected to the position in November but was never sworn in. The Maricopa County Education Service Agency said it tried to reach her by mail and phone without any luck.

That's because the address and phone number belonged to her former boyfriend. Moreno was also dealing with her mother's unexpected death and she doesn't have reliable transportation to get to and from meetings -- reasons why Moreno said she wasn't able to fulfill her duties.

"I do want to apologize to the people that have been, that voted for me," Moreno said. "There's no excuse, I'm an adult."

The county school superintendent's office has been trying to find Moreno's replacement but said the job is still hers if she wants it.

Moreno was sworn in on Wednesday. Her first governing board meeting is April 5.

"I am there to assume my position and do what they voted for me to do," she said. "I'm excited. I'm looking forward to this."