• “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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  • 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

    MISSING-UNSOLVED MURDERS-MOJAVE DESERT-NEAL FALLS-SERIAL KILLER

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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 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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  • April 20, 2016 /  California Missing Persons, True Crime

    KRISTEN MODAFFERI MISSING SINCE 1997

    kristen modafferi  kristin modafferi 2  kristen modafferi 3 Written by Chandler Vaughn

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif- Kristen Modafferi’s disappearance remains a mystery after 19 years.

    KRISTEN MODAFFERI UPDATE: Kristen Modafferi has been missing since 1997. Sadly, Kristen arrived in California to attend college only three short weeks prior to her disappearance. She left Charlotte, North Carolina on her 18th birthday, June 1, 1997 and was last seen on June 23, 1997.

    HUMAN REMAINS DETECTED POSSIBLY KRISTEN- Many leads involving suspicious circumstances have been followed over the past two decades. In 2015, human remains were detected by cadaver dog in the basement of the Oakland home where Kristen rented a room in 1997.

    The remains have not yet been identified.

    MISSING PERSON- KRISTEN MODAFFERI

    • Age 18 at time of disappearance
    • Brown Hair / Eyes
    • Weight: 140
    • Height: 5’6″
    • Birth date: Born June 1, 1979

    FBI INVESTIGATION- The following information is taken directly from the FBI website for missing persons…

    “Kristen Modafferi was last seen on the afternoon of June 23, 1997, at the coffee shop where she was working in the Crocker Galleria Mall in San Francisco, California. The then eighteen-year-old had completed her freshman year of college in North Carolina and had recently moved to the San Francisco area to attend summer school at the University of California at Berkeley. She was living in Oakland. She has not been seen or heard from since”.

    If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

    Field Office: San Francisco

    THE KRISTEN FOUNDATION- Foul play may be present in this ongoing caseFor additional detailed information visit: The Kristen Foundation at: http://www.kristenfoundation.org

    TRUE CRIME-KRISTEN MODAFFERI-MISSING-SAN FRANCISCO

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  • California_state_flag  Written by Chandler Vaughn

    CALIFORNIA: HOW TO REPORT A MISSING PERSON – You may initiate a Missing Persons Report of any adult or juvenile by contacting your local law enforcement agency. Contrary to popular belief, law enforcement agencies in California do not require a person to wait a specific period of time before reporting a missing person.

    If you have to report a missing person, be thorough. When a person is reported missing in California, it is best for the family to make contact at all four levels of law enforcement. This is imperative to ensure the name of the missing person be logged into city, county, state and nationwide search systems, if possible.

    List of Missing Persons Resources:

    • Nat’l Missing and Unidentified Persons System: WWW.NAMUS.GOV
    • California Attorney General’s Office: WWW.OAG.CA.GOV
    • Nat’l Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-THE-LOST
    • Missing Children’s Clearinghouse: 1-800-222-FIND
    • FACEBOOK: Another way to highlight your missing loved one’s case is to visit “Missing Persons of America” and “Locate the Missing” on Facebook. Here you can post free ads for missing persons…and re-post frequently, to keep your search alive.

    CALIFORNIA LAW ENFORCEMENT– Our law enforcement agencies do an excellent job of finding and solving missing persons and murder cases. However, many new cases arise each day. Diligent action from families and communities help NamUs and smaller agencies in California stay up-to-date.

    UNMATCHED DNA– Even in this day and age, human remains go unidentified for years.

    ISAIAH MARSH– For example, take the well publicized case of Isaiah Marsh…May he rest in Peace.

    • First, Isaiah was reported missing in Nevada County, California.
    • Next, Isaiah’s truck was found in Riverside County, nine hours away…abandoned.
    • Finally, Isaiah’s remains were located, but continued to be unidentified in Riverside County for four years.
    • Four years later– Isaiah’s unidentified remains were matched to his Missing Person Report/DNA originally filed in Nevada County.

    Tips from True Crime California:

    • California Counties– It is wise to start with the county where the missing person was last seen / known to be. There are hundreds of micro-towns in California, so tiny they cannot be recognized on a map. If you are just starting your search, begin with county first.
    • State of California– Immediately following a missing persons report, a sample of the missing person’s DNA should be made available to the The State of California. Unidentified remains (from anywhere in the State or USA) can then be matched when located, rather than years later.

    MISSING ADULTS- If your child is a missing adult and you feel concerned, do not hesitate to file a report with the city or county in which your child was last seen. If your child is in distress, it’s the one way to help find them.

    Keep Searching…True Love Never Dies.

    Comments or Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

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  • Unsolved: Danielle Bertolini / Sheila Franks

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    danielle bertolini Danielle Bertolini  sheila franks 3 Sheila Franks

    FORTUNA, Calif – In May 2015, a human skull found along the Eel River near Fortuna was determined to be 23 year-old Danielle Bertolini, citizen of Maine. Danielle had been missing since Feb. 10, 2014. Danielle’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

    Danielle Bertolini’s case may be related to the disappearance of another young woman, 38 year-old Sheila Franks, who was last seen Jan. 11, 2014, just weeks before Danielle vanished.

    Fortuna Police, as well as Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Dept. believe both women were last seen with the same person of interest, a 44 year-old Fortuna man, who remains nameless as the investigation continues.

    Sheila Franks has never been found.

    HUMBOLDT CO. SHERIFF- If you have any information relating to either case, Danielle Bertolini or Sheila Franks, please call Humboldt Co. Sheriff at 707-445-7251 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 707-268-2539.

    True Crime California offers deep sympathy to the family of Danielle Bertolini and continued hope and strength to the family of Sheila Franks.

    To Danielle Bertolini’s Mother…Excellent Job. I can’t think of a more difficult task to be completed in one’s lifetime: to find your child’s remains, yourself.  Truly, this is an example of a Mother’s full measure of devotion to her child. True Excellence. TRUE LOVE. I wish your tenacity to all Moms who’s children are missing. True Love Never Dies.

    Written by Chandler Vaughn. Comments and contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

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  • Yuba County: Searching for Sam Pharis

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    December 13, 2015 /  California Missing Persons

    Samuel Pharis samuel pharis fishing Written by Chandler Vaughn

    OLIVEHURST, Calif. – Young citizen of Yuba County, Samuel Pharis, has been missing since June 13, 2013. At the time of his disappearance he was 21 years old.

    Today, 2.5 years after he vanished, Sam would be 23. Have you seen Sam?

    MISSING NOT DECEASED: Sam’s case is truly heartbreaking. It appears as though his family members are at odds about his on-going disappearance, some believing that Sam is most likely deceased, while others, like his Mom, vigilantly holding onto the hope that he may be alive. As a parent myself, I’m going to keep posting and praying he is alive today and coming home to those who love him.

    SAMUEL PHARIS:

    • Height: 5’11”
    • Weight: 150lbs
    • Blonde hair-Blue eyes
    • Last seen at Feather River Bottoms
    • $10k Reward Offered

    YUBA COUNTY SHERIFF: If you have information on the whereabouts of Samuel Pharis, or knowledge of persons responsible for his disappearance, please contact the Yuba County Sheriff at 530-749-7777. Anonymous and totally private tips can be left at 530-749-7930.

    True Crime California wishes to offer Love and Prayers for Samuel’s Family…True Love Never dies.

    If you have a photo of Sam available to post here, or his truck, please send to: Chandler Vaughn at chandlerzone@gmail.com. Thank You.

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  • Where is Samuel Pharis?

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    Samuel Pharis  Written by Chandler Vaughn

    OLIVEHURST, Calif. – Samuel Pharis, 21, was reported missing on June 13, 2013. Three days later, his Ford Bronco was found in the Feather River bottom off Island Road in Olivehurst, California. The truck was locked but Sam’s cell phone and belongings were still inside.

    Yuba County Sheriff Search and Rescue combed the area with dogs and hundreds of volunteers. Aerial searches were conducted of both water and land but Samuel could not be located.

    SAMUEL PHARIS MISSING: Sadly, Samuel Pharis was never seen again. It has been said that Sam’s family and friends do not believe he would have committed suicide, however, they remain suspicious that he may have met with foul play.

    Sam was known to be a good kid who would not voluntarily lose contact with his family. He is missed and loved by many.

    YUBA COUNTY SHERIFF – Please contact the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office with any details pertaining to the disappearance of Samuel Pharis at 530-749-7779.

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