• MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT

         Written by Chandler Vaughn

    APPLE VALLEY, Calif. – It was Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015. Krystie Stuart, 29 year-old Lucerne Valley resident, vanished and was never seen again.

    Earlier that day, Krystie had driven to Jess Ranch Dental for a walk in appointment, but the dentist couldn’t see her.  At that time, according to the office staff, Krystie misplaced her car keys, but eventually found a spare and walked out the door.

    Evidently, Krystie had plans to stay at a friends house that evening, but never arrived. According to a post on the family’s Facebook Page, “Help Find Krystie Stuart”, a bloodhound traced her scent across the street to the parking lot behind Bed Bath and Beyond. There, her scent was lost.

    On March 8th, Krystie’s Dodge Dakota was located in the open desert 20 minutes north-east of Jess Ranch Dental near Fairview Valley, as the crow flies, almost directly in between State Route 18, “Happy Trails Highway”, and State Route 247.

    The contents of Krystie’s car, (although not necessarily enough to indicate foul play to investigators), were disturbing and left many unanswered questions. Her eye glasses were there.  Her cell phone.  Her shoes, socks and bra.  The medication she had just picked up.  Everything was there, but not Krystie. The bloodhounds went to work again, but her scent could not be found.

    NOTE***If Krystie’s scent could not be found, and she  didn’t leave her truck in the desert, then who did? And wouldn’t that (possibly) indicate foul play?

    MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT – I’m actually starting to get angry about this “no evidence to indicate foul play” conclusion, after so many women’s vehicles have been recovered. In San Bernardino County, this conclusion is reached by default, quickly and frequently.

    I appreciate and respect law enforcement officers. These are hard cases. No evidence to be found, I get it.

    …BUT, THAT CERTAINLY DOESNT MEAN THAT NO FOUL PLAY WAS INVOLVED.

    As I write about CASE AFTER CASE of missing women who vanish into the open desert of California, but “no foul play is suspected”, many questions arise:

    • Why would they leave their cell phones?
    • Why in the world would they ditch their cars?
    • Why leave their wallets?
    • In some cases, their beloved pets?

    In my humble opinion….THEY WOULDNT!

    I assume these are the heart-sick questions their Mother’s ask every night. I often cry while writing these articles, when I think of their Moms.

    It has been over 2 years since Krystie Stuart disappeared. Krystie is loved and missed desperately. Her family’s Facebook page, “Help Find Krystie Stuart” is always updated. Please like and share.

    KRYSTIE LEEANN STUART – Have you seen Krystie?

    • Age: 29 (at time of disappearance) Age 32 on Birthday April 13, 2017
    • Caucasian Female
    • Missing from Apple Valley, CA.
    • Missing Date: March 3, 2015
    • Brown Eyes
    • Brown Hair-very long waist length
    • Weight: 107
    • Height: 5’7″
    • Wears Eye Glasses
    • Case # 071500858
    • NamUS MP# 28149

    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY – If you have any information on the whereabouts of Krystie Stuart, please call:

    • Detective Doemner: 760-956-5001 or 760-552-6800
    • Anonymous Tipline: 858-212-7503 or www.wetip.com
    • www.oag.ca.gov/missing – California Department of Justice Website
    • 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)
    • www.namus.gov – Nat’l Missing and Unidentified Persons System

    Prayers for Krystie’s Safe Return.  Keep Vigilant.  True Love Never  Dies.

    Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com. On Facebook: Chandler Vaughn/True Crime California. On Twitter: @truecrimecali

    KRYSTIE-STUART-MISSING-APPLE-VALLEY-SAN-BERNARDINO-COUNTY-CALIFORNIA

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  • MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT

          Written by Chandler Vaughn

    APPLE VALLEY, Calif. – It was Halloween Night, 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 CHRISTINA BASTIAN:

    • Caucasian Female
    • Missing From: Apple Valley, California
    • Date Missing: October 31, 2015
    • 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. 

    •  Cali’s SR 18 named after cowboy Roy Rogers, Apple Valley, Ca.
    • CA State Route 18 – Coco was found near the intersection of State Route 18, “Happy Trails Highway”, one mile north of Bear Valley Road. Thankfully, a local Good Samaritan scooped up Coco and published a lost-and-found ad, which was seen by a family friend one week later. *This is close to where Christina is thought to have disappeared.
    • Ca State Route 247- Christina’s backpack and belongings, including items important to her, photos and medication, were found scattered about State Route 247 near Lucerne Valley. Oddly, the bumper of her truck was also found on State Route 247.
    • CA State Route 62 – Christina’s Dodge Ram truck was located on a desert road off of California’s hot and dangerous “Twentynine Palms Hwy”, State Route 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:

    • Apple Valley Police Department at 760-240-7400.
    • Submit an Anonymous Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME or www.wetip.com

    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF: See: www.sbcounty.gov/sheriff

    CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: See: www.oag.ca.gov/missing

    NAMUS- National Missing and Unidentified Person System. See: www.namus.gov

    FACEBOOK:  See: “Help Find Christina Bastian” on Facebook. Please like and Share.

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

    Written by Chandler Vaughn.  Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

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

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