• “Missing Girls of the Desert”

     Written by Chandler Vaughn

    APPLE VALLEY, Calif. – It was Halloween, October 31, 2015. Christina Bastian, high school teacher, was having some issues in life…but she was making it.  Although Christina was diagnosed bi-polar, she had come off medication a few months earlier while under a doctor’s care.

    Despite recent ups and downs, Christina was known to keep daily contact with her family and had purchased a new Dodge Ram truck one week before.

    CHRISTINA BASTIAN MISSING – On the night in question, Christina attended a church function and then stayed the night at a friend’s house with her dog, Coco.

    Mysteriously, sometime in the night, Christina and Coco vanished.  Coco was found alive, but Christina was never seen again.

    MISSING PERSON: Have You Seen Christina Bastian?

    • Caucasian Female
    • Age 34
    • 170 ibs
    • 5 feet 6 inches tall
    • Hair: Red
    • Eyes: Brown
    • Wears Eye Glasses

    MISSING / UNSOLVED – It is hoped by Christina’s family that she’s decided to start a new life, in a new town.  Maybe a new state…Arizona, for instance.  I certainly hope so.  However, the details of this case create a worrisome puzzle that deserves further attention.

    NOV. 1, 2015 – The following day, Christina’s truck, belongings, and dog, Coco, were found in several different locations. 

    • HWY 18 – Coco was found near the intersection of “Happy Trails Highway”, Hwy 18, one mile north of Bear Valley Road.  Thankfully, a local Good Samaritan scooped up the dog and published a lost-and-found ad, which was seen by a family friend one week later.  This location is fairly close to where Christina is thought to have disappeared.
    • HWY 274 – Christina’s backpack and belongings, including items important to her, photos and medication, were found scattered about Hwy 274 near Lucerne Valley.  Oddly, the bumper of her truck was also found on Hwy 274.
    • HWY 62 – Christina’s Dodge Ram truck was located on a desert road off “Twentynine Palms Hwy”, Hwy 62, near Morongo Valley.  The truck showed signs of damage.  Visible dents and scrapes were noted along the sides, as if it had been driven through bushes or bramble.

    TOWN OF APPLE VALLEY POLICE DEPT – If you have information on the whereabouts of Christina Bastian, please call the Apple Valley Police Deptartment at 760-240-7400.  See: @HelpFindChristinaBastian on Facebook.

    Prayers for Christina’s Safe Return…True Love Never Dies.

    contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

    CHRISTINA BASTIAN-APPLE VALLEY-SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY-MISSING PERSON

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  • April 29, 2017 /  San Bernardino CA, Suspicious Death

    JANUARY BLAITHWAITE’S SUSPICIOUS DEATH

      Written by Chandler Vaughn

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – It was a Friday evening in the city of San Bernardino.

    January Lynn Blaithwaite, 35, grabbed her cell phone, stepped out the front door to smoke a cigarette…and simply disappeared.

    JANUARY BLAITHWAITE – The first sign of trouble was the condition of January’s cell phone, located outside her mother’s home on the walkway, smashed into bits.

    BODY FOUND – Sadly, later that night, December 9, 2016, January was found on the westbound lane of California’s 210 freeway.  A passer by saw her and called 911, but it was too late.

    January Blaithwaite, beloved Mother of three, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    SUSPICIOUS DEATH – It has been assumed that January was likely hit by a car.  That may have been what  ended her life, but doesn’t explain how or why  January was on the freeway, 5 miles from home in the first place; and why her phone was found smashed.

    It is unknown what happened the night January Braithwaite was killed, but it seems that foul play could be involved.

    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF – If you have any information regarding the suspicious death of January Blaithwaite, please call the San Bernardino County Sheriff at 909-388-4826.

    A Memorial Fund has been set up for January Blaithwaite on GoFundMe.Com

    Prayers of Comfort for Stella Rosas, January’s Mom.  True Love Never  Dies.

    Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

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  • UNSOLVED MURDER: JOHN AND CHRISTORIA BILKEI

     Written by Chandler Vaughn

    ORANGEVALE, Calif– To the shock of the community, beloved senior couple, John and Christoria Bilkei were found dead on July 26, 1980. 

    JOHN AND CHRISTORIA BILKEI MURDER- Sadly, these sweet Grandparents had been violently attacked and stabbed to death in their own home on Donnawood Way in Orangevale.

    It was obvious to investigators that a tremendous struggle had occurred but there was no clear murder suspect to name. In the 1980’s the use of DNA by law enforcement had not yet become available. An arrest was never made in the case.

    The Bilkei’s double homicide remains unsolved after 37 years. 

    SACRAMENTO CO. SHERIFF- The Sacramento County Sheriff is revisiting this cold case and is asking for the public’s help in solving it.

    If you have any information on the unsolved double murder of John and Christoria Bilkei, please contact: Sacramento County Sheriff at 916-874-5057.

    To leave an anonymous tip call 916-874-TIPS (8477).

    For online contact: WWW.sacsheriff.com: click “cold case” and then “tips and alerts”…Enter case #80-54812 to specify information about John and Christoria Bilkei.

    Family and friends of John and Christoria are still grieving the loss of this lovely California couple. May they rest in God’s Eternal Peace.

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  • MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT PART 4:

      Written by Chandler Vaughn

    MOJAVE DESERT, Calif.– Since the year 2000, disturbing numbers of women have disappeared or have been found murdered in southern California’s desert regions.

    MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT- The list below is limited to the years 2000-2010. San Bernardino and Riverside Counties are included. Most of the following women were found off of California’s famous Route 66, I-15,  or in the open desert.

    (Left column: Year victim disappeared)

    1. 2000 Diana Raquel Rojas-Missing. (Remains may be in Ridgecrest).
    2. 2000 Kathryn Barrett- Body found 2008. Phelan, Ca.
    3. 2001 Charlotte Mower-Body found 2003. Body I.D. 2013. Needles, Ca. Rt.66
    4. 2002 Kristina Garcia-Body found near Fort Irwin off I-15. Barstow, Ca.
    5. 2002 “Wild Road Jane Doe 13-02”-Body found off I-15. Helendale, Ca. Rt 66.
    6. 2003 Christina Battin-Missing. Thousand Palms, Ca.
    7. 2003 Jodi Brewer-Torso found off I-15, Cima Road, San Bern Co, Ca.
    8. 2004 April Pitzer-Missing. Newberry Springs, Ca. Rt 66
    9. 2004 Alina Garcia- Body found off I-15 Barstow, Ca. Rt 66.
    10. 2005 Kristine Hamilton- Missing. Moreno Valley, Ca.
    11. 2006 Maureen Fields-Missing from Nevada. Car found in California.
    12. 2010 “San Bernardino Jane Doe(2010)”- Head in backpack I-15 Barstow, Ca.
    13. 2010 Zzyzx Road Burned Remains found, Baker, Ca. off I-15.

    This is a very short example of the missing and murdered women of the California desert. There are simply to many (in this region) to ever make this list complete.

    • Women killed in their own homes, too many to list.
    • Unidentified sets of human remains found in the desert (by number), too many to list.

    I will continue to add to this list until the missing are found, or justice is served.

    True Love Never Dies.

    Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

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  • SUSPECTED SERIAL KILLER NEAL FALLS – DID HE KILL IN CALIFORNIA?

      Written by Chandler Vaughn

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia- July 18, 2015. Neal M. Falls, suspected serial killer, shot dead with his own gun by escort in West Virginia.

    BACKPAGE.COM- Heather Saul, 30 year-old escort, advertises her services on a dangerous prostitution website called “BackPage.com”.

    On the Saturday in question, Neal Falls simply responded to the ad.

    “Sexy, red-headed sweetheart”, the ad said…A serial killer’s dream.

    NEAL FALLS KILLED BY ESCORT-  It was a summer afternoon, 3 p.m. Heather opened her door to an average looking, 45 year-old, white male. Upon seeing that no one else was in her apartment, he jammed a gun into her side.

    “Live or die”?, Falls demanded.

    He started violently strangling her. Heather noticed a small rake in the kitchen (a pet poop scoop) and grabbed it to fight him off. Fortunately, he put his gun down to regain control of her. At that moment, she seized the loaded gun and shot behind herself, over her shoulder. Heather revealed later that she could hear the sound of “fluids” hitting the floor as he slumped and slowly fell.

    Neal Falls was shot in the head and killed instantly.

          Suspect’s Vehicle

    MURDER SUSPECT’S VEHICLE– Police were called to the scene. Parked outside Heather’s residence, an innocent looking gold Subaru-type SUV with Oregon plates. Inside it was found the most grim set of tools. Investigators located a “kill kit” under the wagon’s back hatch. A mess of hatchets, knives, shovels and handcuffs strewn about unapologetically. Bleach, garbage bags, the list is long. The driver of this car appears to have been a lifetime predator. One can only hope the SUV’s filthy interior will yield DNA samples to solve his horrific crimes.

        Neal Falls “Kill Kit”

    NEAL FALLS- Authorities suspect the dead killer has likely murdered and dismembered women from coast to coast, as far back as the year 2000.

    Body parts in plastic bags, hundreds of miles apart. Often near an interstate highway.

    Missing girls and women. Some of them in pieces.

    FBI MULTI- STATE INVESTIGAION– The FBI suspects that Neal Falls may have left a jagged swath of murder victims running through West Virginia, Ohio, New York, Illinios, Kansas, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, California and at least 10 other states.

      Suspect is Oregon Resident

    SERIAL KILLER- It appears that Neal Falls, resident of Springfield, Oregon, had no criminal history. His identity as a serial killer slipped past law enforcement for years. He worked as a security guard and possibly for the railroad, all across the United States.

    He was fingerprinted by the FBI when obtaining his many security guard certifications. His certifications were active from 1999-2015.

    From 2000-2008 Neal Falls was employed as a “traffic control guard” at Hoover Dam. He lived in Henderson, Nevada, on the outskirts of Vegas. During this time period authorities believe he may have killed women and dumped their bodies in California, just across Nevada/Arizona State Lines. In those days, he may have used Craigslist, in addition to finding his victims on the open road.

    Former Hoover Dam co-workers of Neal Falls, (who found his behavior bizarre) once asked him what he had been doing the night before. He exclaimed without reservation “I was driving up and down the highway!”.

    Many girls were reported missing (or found dead) from the Mojave desert region of southern California during the 8 year period in which Neal Falls worked at Hoover Dam.

    After Falls was fatally shot by Heather Saul, a list was recovered from his pocket with the names of ten women. Police believe the named females were going to be his next victims.

    Nine of the women on the list were from West Virginia, one of them from San Diego.

    MISSING/ UNSOLVED MURDERS- With so many missing and murdered women in California from Oregon to the Mexican Border, is it possible Neal Falls, the alleged Butcher of Backpage”, was here?

    Although Neal Falls was active thousands of miles from the Mojave Desert, his most current address was Oregon, which may have brought him to the interstates of California for the past 15 years.

    CALIFORNIA INTERSTATE: I-15 & I-40

    • Interstate 1-15 from San Bernardino to Barstow to Vegas
    • Interstate I-40 from Barstow to Needles to Arizona

    Not only are there predators in the desert, these famous highways cut through some of the hottest places on Earth. Death Valley holds the world’s highest recorded temperature of 134 degrees. 

    Girls do not travel these interstates alone. Not even in broad daylight.

    Historically, long desert highways have attracted mayhem of all sorts. Both I-15 and I-40 are part of Old Route 66. Stories of the Mojave and Old Route 66 are legendary and quite mysterious.

    Manson. Mummies. Mine Shafts and Murders.

    Welcome to California.

    Please Follow the Law and Stay Safe.

    TRUE CRIME CALIFORNIA- Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

    …A quick note to Ms. Heather Saul of West Virginia. BRAVO. You’re quite bad ass. If you can kill a serial killer…you can do anything.  Sincerely, Chandler Vaughn.

    NEXT: MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT PART 4: POTENTIAL VICTIMS OF NEAL FALLS

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  • MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT-PART 3: SAN BERNARDINO JANE DOE (2010)

          Written by Chandler Vaughn

    BARSTOW, Calif.- The above composite sketch is the likeness of a young girl who was murdered and barbarically decapitated, seven years ago this month, in February 2010. She is known as San Bernardino Jane Doe (Feb 2010).

    HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN DESERT- In February 2010, a man hunting for aluminum cans came across a backpack on Lenwood Road, a dusty desert byway in Barstow, just off interstate 15 near California 58.  He picked up the backpack (shown above) and opened it to find the severed head of a teenage girl wrapped in two plastic grocery bags.

    Barstow Police were called to the scene.

    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY JANE DOE- The girl was estimated to be 14-19 years of age. She was Latina or possibly Caucasian. Her hair was brown. She had been deceased for around three days before she was discovered by the roadside. Extensive dental work present in her mouth indicates she was fairly well taken care.

    SKETCH OF VICTIM– A composite sketch of what the young Jane Doe may have looked like was released by authorities. The remaining parts of her body were never found, so a height and weight couldn’t be determined.

    Jane Doe’s murder and identity remain unsolved. Did you know her?

    BARSTOW POLICE- If you have information on the identity of San Bernardino Jane Doe, please call Barstow Police at 760-255-5134 or 1-800-78-CRIME to leave an anonymous tip.

    Rest in Eternal Peace Jane…God Be With You…True Love Never Dies

    Contact:chandlerzone@gmail.com

    SAN BERNARDINO JANE DOE (FEB 2010), MURDER, BARSTOW, SEVERED HEAD

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  • February 7, 2017 /  Body Found California, True Crime

      Written by Chandler Vaughn

    LOS ANGELES, Calif,- Lisa Marie Naegle, reality T.V star, disappeared after a friend’s birthday party at Alpine Village, a Bavarian restaurant in Torrance. “A little slice of Bavaria”, they say.

    It was a Saturday night, December 18th, 2016.

    LISA MARIE NAEGLE MISSING- At 2 a.m., Lisa spoke to her husband, Derek Harryman, by phone, allegedly sounding buzzed. In her last text around 2:30 a.m., she assured him that she was leaving to get food and then coming home.

    Sadly, Lisa Marie Naegle left the party and was never seen alive again.

    REALITY T.V. STAR- Lisa and Derek were married one year after she competed on a reality show called “Bridalplasty” that aired in 2010. Lisa Marie worked as a successful nurse/nursing instructor at West Los Angeles College. Here she met some of the friends and students in attendance the night she went missing.

    JACKIE JEROME ROGERS- Restaurant staff, friends and students were questioned by law enforcement and family members. One student in particular, Jackie Jerrome Rogers, claimed that he and Lisa parted ways and left alone. In video surveillance footage obtained by the efforts of Lisa’s family, it became horribly clear he was not being honest. After conducting their own family investigation, the police were contacted with the evidence.

    LAPD ARREST SUSPECT: On Tuesday, LAPD officers arrested Jackie Jerome Rogers on suspicion of murder. Roger’s led police to his house about 20 minutes from Alpine Village. There, buried in his Lennox backyard, the body of Lisa Marie Naegle was found. He gave no explanation for her murder.

    MURDER / BODY FOUND- The details of the crime are brutal. Lisa had been beaten to death with a hammer, her naked body buried face down in a shallow garden grave. A special operations unit was called to the crime scene to excavate the remains, as well as the Los Angeles County Coroner.

    Jackie Jerome Roger’s SUV was seized and will be inspected for forensic evidence.

    Lisa Marie Naegle is loved and missed by many.  May She Rest in Peace.

    True Love Never  Dies.

    Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com.

    MURDER-LISA MARIE NAEGLE- REALITY STAR-FOUND DEAD-BACKYARD

     

     

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  •   Written by Chandler Vaughn

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.– Article: “Ryan Roberts Wrongful Conviction”.

    RYAN ROBERTS– It’s ridiculous to think that a person could end up in prison for murder simply because he smoked a few cigarettes at a local ballpark and then left the butts on the ground. In the case of Ryan Roberts, convicted of murdering Sacramento teen, Jessica Funk-Haslam, this may have been all that happened, thanks to questionable use of California’s Prop 69.

    SACRAMENTO TEEN MURDERED – In the interest of truth and justice, and the safety of our community, please imagine yourself in this position:

    • What if (at a public park) someone picks up your discarded cigarette butts and re-lights them…leaving their DNA mixed with yours?
    • What if that same person…is found dead in the park later that night?
    • What if you have an explanation for your cigarette butts/DNA being found at the park (crime scene), but detectives don’t believe you? What if the jury doesn’t?

    RYAN ROBERTS WRONGFUL CONVICTION- To tell the story of Ryan Robert’s wrongful conviction, I must first tell you the story of a beautiful Sacramento teen, Jessica Funk-Haslam and her violent murder. To tell Jessica’s story, I must also tell of two Lawless relatives, two brothers: Reed and Thomas, and a man named Johnny Richardson.

    JESSICA FUNK-HASLAM MURDER- If you can’t see a meaningful connection between Ryan Roberts and Jessica Funk-Haslam, or understand a motive, you’re not alone, it’s because there isn’t oneRemembering that, let me start from the beginning of this nightmare, March 6, 2012.

    THE BODY / THE MURDER- On March 6, 2012 a woman jogging through Sacramento’s Rosemont Park discovered the dead body of a young girl inside a baseball dugout. The girl was determined to be 13 year-old Jessica Funk Haslam, a somewhat rebellious teen, who was last seen alive the night before, with friend, Savannah Lawless.

    Jessica Funk-Haslam had been violently murdered. Strangled. Bludgeoned. Stabbed in the neck.

    SACRAMENTO CO. SHERIFF– Sheriff’s investigators were called to the scene. Evidence was collected, questions were asked, video footage obtained. Slowly, a story (with motive and witnesses) began to emerge. A story that would later be recanted.

    …A story that had NOTHING to do with Ryan Roberts.

    ROSEMONT PARK- As the original story goes, Jessica Funk-Haslam left home the afternoon of her murder, against the wishes of her mother, Tara Haslam. Allegedly, Jessica ended up at Rosemont Park with a new friend named Savannah Lawless who lived nearby with her mother, Christina Lawless, at a dodgy motel called Vince’s. The sun set around six o’clock that evening, March 5, 2012.

    CHRIS REED WITNESS STATEMENT- The details of the night started taking shape in a statement made by Chris Reed, a friend of Savanna’s mother, Christina.

    Allegedly, that evening, Savannah called her mom, who then handed the phone to Chris Reed. Chris Reed stated that Savannah asked for help and asked him to bring a blanket to the park. According to his original statement, by the time Chris Reed arrived at the park, there were already three individuals standing near Jessica’s body:

    1. Savannah Lawless
    2. Christina Lawless
    3. Johnny Richardson

    Chris Reed further stated there were two other people standing by.

    CHRIS REED/JOHNNY THOMAS RECANT- Chris Reed told the account of what happened to his brother, Johnny Thomas. Both brothers made official statements containing the three names mentioned above. Then, they literally scratched out the names and changed the statements to say “two girls and a guy”.

    At trial, the two statements were recanted entirely, with no explanation.

    Here are a few other details about Savannah Lawless and Chris Reed that should be considered…

    • Savannah Lawless was given immunity for her testimony.
    • Originally, and allegedly, Savannah Lawless implicated Chris Reed as having been with Jessica the night before.
    • Chris Reed was captured on video in the motel parking lot carrying a blanket under his left arm, as indicated in his recanted statement.
    • Chris Reed allegedly laundered the blanket before returning it.
    • Chris Reed was subpoenaed to testify, pled the 5th, (refused to answer on the grounds of self-incrimination) and was released from the subpoena…on his statement it says very clearly that he was afraid to testify because he feared he’d be charged with Jessica’s murder.

    SAVANNAH LAWLESS – Part of the story revealed at trial by defense witness, Michelle Serrao, placed Savannah Lawless with Jessica in a confrontation on the night in question. Michelle testified that upon hearing of Jessica’s murder, Savannah screamed “All I did was just beat her up!”.

    LAWLESS TEEN– An important fringe detail that was ignored by investigators was the friendship between the two girls. Savannah Lawless was a new friend to Jessica of just a few months. You’ve heard the term “mean girls”?  By many accounts Savannah was allegedly quite abusive and once slapped Jessica so hard it knocked her hat off. It has also been alleged that Savannah left several angry voicemails for Jessica just two days before her murder.

    FUNK-HASLAM WITH LAWLESS- In summary, Savannah Lawless was allegedly the last person Jessica was with at Rosemont Park and admitted to beating her up on the same night she was killed. Witness statements indicate that Chris Reed, Johnny Richardson and Christina Lawless may have played a part in this crime.

    Suggested Reading: www.ryandouglasroberts.wordpress.com.

    ***Individuals mentioned in this article are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

    SAVANNAH LAWLESS-CHRISTINA LAWLESS-JOHNNY RICHARDSON-CHRIS REED

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  • MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT – PART TWO

    kristine hamilton 1  kristine hamilton 2 Missing Kristine Hamilton

    MORENO VALLEY, Calif.- On a summer day in July 2005, Kristine Nicole Hamilton, 18, of Moreno Valley, vanished without a trace. She had moved from Illinois to California, one year earlier with her family.

    MISSING PERSON– Details about the day Kristine disappeared are limited. Kristine was last seen July 7, 2005, at her family’s residence in Moreno Valley. Kristine did not have a cell phone or car. Her home on Pala Foxia Place appeared undisturbed and Kristine’s belongings were still inside.

    KRISTINE NICOLE HAMILTON– It is believed that Kristine may have left in a white car with a Caucasian male. No other facts in this case have been released to the public. Kristine’s family says it’s not like her to disappear voluntarily.

    ENDANGERED MISSING– Kristine has been missing for almost 11 years. She would be 29 this year. Have you seen Kristine Hamilton?

    • White Female
    • Date of Birth: April 6, 1987
    • Height: 5’6″
    • Weight: 120 lbs.
    • Hair: Blonde, may be dyed brown.
    • Eyes: Blue
    • Tattoos: teal-colored star (upper back), black star (left shoulder), “K.N.H”- her initials.
    • Pierced nose

    RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF– If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Kristine Nicole Hamilton please contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office at 951-955-2445.

    TRUE CRIME CALIFORNIA – MISSING MORENO VALLEY

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  • MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT: PART ONE

    christina battin 3  christina battin aged Missing Christina Battin

    THOUSAND PALMS, Calif.- Since the year 2000, several females from the desert communities of California have gone missing.

    CHRISTINA BATTIN– On June 8, 2003, Christina Ann Battin, 14, vanished from the Coachella Valley and was never heard from again. Christina was last seen in the town of Hemet, one hour east of Thousand Palms, where she resided. Details involving Christina’s disappearance are few.

    MISSING PERSON– It has been 13 long years since Christina Battin was last seen. On September 27, 2016, she’d be 28. Christina is loved and missed by many. Have you seen Christina Battin?

    CHRISTINA ANN BATTIN – ENDANGERED MISSING

    • White Female:
    • D.O.B: Sept. 27, 1988
    • Height: 5’6″
    • Weight: 100 lbs.
    • Hair: Blonde or strawberry
    • Eyes: Blue
    • Case # O-03176024

    RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF– If you have any information on the whereabouts of Christina Ann Battin, please contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Investigator, Isaac White at 760-836-1676 or the Riverside County Sheriff Palm Desert Station at 760-836-1600.

    TRUE CRIME CALIFORNIA-MISSING COACHELLA

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