• MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT

        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 “Old Route 66”, Interstate 15, or in the open Mojave 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 too many in this region. The list is always growing.

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

    MURDER/MISSING PERSONS – Info on the above cases can be directed to:

    • WWW.SBCOUNTY.GOV/SHERIFF
    • WWW.RIVERSIDESHERIFF.ORG/TIPLINE
    • 1-800-222-FIND
    • WWW.OAG.CA.GOV/MISSING
    • 1-800-78-CRIME
    • WWW.WETIP.COM
    • WWW.NAMUS.GOV

    True Love Never Dies.

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

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

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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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  • MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT

    Steph Dixon DHS   Written by Chandler Vaughn

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif- A sad discovery was made the morning of August 30, 2015. Young mom and beloved friend, Stephanie Corrine Dixon was found deceased in Riverside County. Stephanie was a resident of nearby Morongo Valley who had recently made wonderful progress in her life and was getting back on track.

    STEPHANIE DIXON- Stephanie’s body was recovered from the Mission Creek Wash in Desert Hot Springs. Her death is considered suspicious by Desert Hot Springs Police and remains unsolved.

    RIVERSIDE COUNTY CORONER- Cause of death in this case has never been released.

    Stephanie Dixon is loved and missed by many who feel certain that foul play was involved.

    DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE– If you have any information regarding the suspicious death of Stephanie Corrine Dixon please contact the Desert Hot Springs Police Dept at 760-329-2904 or Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP.

    True Crime California wishes to offer its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Stephanie Dixon. TCC will continue to post updates until the circumstances of her death are brought to light.

    True Love Never Dies.

    Written by Chandler Vaughn. Contact chandlerzone@gmail.com

    TRUE CRIME-STEPHANIE DIXON-SUSPICIOUS DEATH

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  • Chairo Garibay: 10-year Murder Unsolved

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    December 11, 2015 /  California Unsolved Murders, Yuba County

    Chairo 2 Written by Chandler Vaughn

    OLIVEHURST, Calif.- Residents of Olivehurst, a tiny enclave of Yuba County, are still grieving the loss of a beautiful young woman named Chairo Garibay, who was viciously murdered ten years ago today, December 11, 2005.

    This was no ordinary morning for Chairo. It was the Mass of Our Lady, The Virgin of Guadalupe. It was a sacred. A celebration she attended every year with her family, as a matter of devotion. This day, Chairo was doing what most young ladies her age don’t do anymore, she was preparing for church, at 5 a.m.

    What a remarkable young citizen she was.

    After that morning, Chairo Garibay was never seen alive again. She had been attacked and murdered. It sickens the soul to repeat the shameful way her life was taken…so I won’t. (Please see TCC’s previous post for details).

    CHAIRO GARIBAY’S MURDER IS STILL UNSOLVED. Her killer continues to have freedom in this world. Somebody knows something.

    Please help solve this crime. If you have any details relating to this case, no matter how insignificant, please contact Yuba County Sheriff at 530-749-7777.

    My prayers for strength and continued comfort go out to Chairo’s mother, Magdalena, and her beautiful young siblings. There are no words strong enough to convey my concern. True Crime California will continue posting updates until Chairo’s murder is solved and her killer is brought to face justice…in this life…and for eternity. True Love Never Dies.

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  • The Murder of Sandra Jean McKinney

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    096 (1) SWIFT JUSTICE IS SERVED

    UPDATE: JESSE PEYTON ROSE FOUND GUILTY. SENTENCING MAY 8, 2015

    RED MOUNTAIN, Calif- The historic Mojave Desert mining communities of Red Mountain, Randsburg and Johannesburg are mourning the death of well known resident, Sandra Jean McKinney.  “Sandy”, 71, was a beloved mother, grandmother, and dedicated employee who helped clean up county parks and was adored by each person who knew her. Sandy had maintained 20 plus years of sobriety and was quite an inspiring individual according to members of the community. She is described by fellow residents as “super cute” and was known to be a “sweet and contented lady”.

    Sandra Jean McKinney was reported missing from her home in Red Mountain at 4:55 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. San Bernardino County Sheriffs were directed toward an area off  of Hwy 395, known as “Dog Patch”,  just a few short miles from Sandra’s home, where two of her cars were found abandoned. An immediate ground search was conducted, as well as air search by helicopter, but Sandra remained missing.

    Sadly, the following day at 4:45 pm, the search came to a end. Beloved Sandra Jean McKinney was found dead. To the horror of the community, her body was found at the bottom of an abandoned mine shaft. At that point, Sandra’s death was ruled a homicide.

    Since Sandra’s murder, residents of the Mojave remain on high alert. To have a local friend brutally murdered is truly horrible, but to have the criminals responsible for the murder roaming free, is down right frightening. Citizens are urged to exercise extreme caution and report any suspicious behavior until the suspects are taken into custody.

    One positive detail in this case is that here, in the high desert of California, snitches DO NOT get stitches!  Locals are happy to provide leads to investigators and are intolerant of letting this crime fade into the background. In fact, it appears that many of these residents are proud gun owners and will likely have them loaded and ready from now on. Sandra owned guns for protection as well, which may have played a role in the motive behind this crime. *See timeline and updates below.

    ONE SUSPECT ARRESTED: On May 5, 2014, Jesse Peyton Rose, a 20-year old resident of Red Mountain and neighbor of Sandra McKinney was arrested for her murder in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    CALIFORNIA SUPERIOR COURT: Jesse Peyton Rose was transported back to Victorville, California and arraigned in San Bernardino County Superior Court on May 15, 2014.  He subsequently pleaded “not guilty” to charges of first degree murder, elder abuse and rape by force or fear. His bail was set at $1 million dollars.

    JESSE ROSE TRIAL UPDATE: March 12, 2015. Convicted of murder, elder abuse and rape by force or fear.

    God bless the hearts of Sandy’s surviving family and friends. True Love Never  Dies

    CONTACT SHERIFF: If you have any information regarding the murder of Sandra Jean McKinney, please contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff, Homicide Department at 909-387-3589. To leave an anonymous tip, call the “We Tip Hotline” at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463). Or, click on WETIP.COM to leave a tip online.

    True Crime California will continue posting updates on this case until justice is served. If you have any photos of Sandra Jean McKinney and would like to see them appear on this blog in loving memory, please send them to chandlerzone@gmail.com.

    Note: *The above mentioned suspect is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

     

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  • Who Killed Isaiah Marsh?

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    November 2, 2013 /  Body Found California

    isaiah marshWritten by Chandler Vaughn

    NEVADA CITY, Calif– Isaiah Eli Marsh, 30 year old Nevada City resident was reported missing on April 14, 2009. According to family members, it was not like Isaiah to let his cell phone run out of charge, not keep his charger with him, and not keep in close touch. Isaiah’s last known location was pinpointed by a final “ping” on a cell phone tower at Bullard’s Bar. Isaiah was never heard from again.

    One month later Isaiah’s black Ford F-350 truck was found abandoned in Riverside County, Ca. but with no sign of Isaiah in or near his vehicle.

    Vigils were held, birthdays passed. Today Isaiah would be 34 years old.

    Finally, in 2013, the heartbreaking news came. Isaiah had been found.

    It had been four long years when the Department of Justice matched Isaiah’s DNA to a sample that had been preserved in California since 2009.

    ISAIAH MARSH BODY FOUND– As it turns out, Isaiah’s body was found outside Desert Hot Springs in Riverside County on June 12, 2009. His remains were located near Long Canyon Road and Hacienda Avenue, but he was not identified until August 16, 2013. It was estimated by the Riverside County Coroner that Isaiah’s body had been in the canyon for 5-10 days when he was found deceased. Isaiah’s cause of death was undetermined. Sadly, his remains had been set on fire.

    Note: It has been alleged that Isaiah’s murder may have been 420 related. No matter what dark motive this killer had, Isaiah Marsh was a citizen of California, loved by many, who deserves justice.

    NEVADA COUNTY SHERIFF-If you have any information relating to the unsolved murder of Isaiah Eli Marsh, please contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept at 951-955-2777 or the Nevada County Sheriff’s Major Crime Unit at 530-265-1263.

    Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Isaiah Marsh. True Crime California will continue to post updates on Isaiah’s case until his killer is brought to face Justice. True Love Never Dies.

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

     

     

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  • July 23, 2013 /  Body Found, Sutter County Unsolved

    victim picchi photo Written by Chandler Vaughn

    SUTTER CO.- On the morning of April 2, 1999 a heartbreaking discovery was made in southern Sutter County, California. The body of Elizabeth Francis Picchi was found near a drainage canal, she had been murdered.

    ELIZABETH PICCHI- Elizabeth was a 31 year old Grass Valley resident who frequented the Yuba-Sutter area. She was last seen in a nearby area known as Linda.

    Sadly, Elizabeth’s body was found unclothed. She had been strangled and stabbed multiple times. The community of Sutter was shocked. This vicious crime was committed successfully, without detection.

    REWARD: In 1999, The Carole Sund Foundation donated a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case of Elizabeth Picchi. Carole Sund, (whom the foundation is named after), along with daughter, Juli, and friend Silvina Peloso were found murdered outside Yosimite National Park in March 1999, the same year Elizabeth Picchi was found.

    California citizens be advised, although it has been over 15 years since this horrific crime was committed, it remains unsolved and Elizabeth’s killer, remains at large.

    Elizabeth Picchi continues to be loved and missed by family and friends in the area.

    SUTTER CO. SHERIFF- If you have any information regarding this case please contact the Sutter County Sheriff at 530-822-7307.

    Deepest sympathy to Elizabeth’s mother, Patricia Picchi, daughter, Krystal Keller and loved ones. True Crime California will continue to post updates on this case until Elizabeth’s murderer is brought to face the full force of Justice. True Love Never Dies.

    If any other photos of Elizabeth are available to post, please send to chandlerzone@gmail.com.

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  • mourning-angelCOOL, Calif- Written by Chandler Vaughn

    VERONICA MARTINNEZ– In January 1992, a young California citizen named Veronica Martinez left her home to go grocery shopping and was never seen alive again. Very few facts are known about what actually happened to Veronica that day in 1992 over twenty years ago, but what has been released to the public is horrific.

    BODY FOUND– The following is written with great sadness. Veronica’s remains were found two months later in early March, a few miles north of Cool, California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Veronica had been murdered and dumped onto an embankment off of State Hwy 49 that runs along the American River. The fact that a 19 year old, pregnant mother of two had been murdered was terrible enough, but Veronica had been decapitatedIt was unspeakable.

    UNSOLVED MURDER– This unsolved murder has been under publicized. While details of a case must be kept classified to insure the integrity of an investigation, it simultaneously allows the local citizens to remain uninformed and unaware of ongoing danger that may be present in their community.  In addition, this crime took place such a long time ago that many residents feel a false sense of security or have never even heard of it.

    TRUE CRIME CALIFORNIA– The questions regarding this case abound. Was it someone Veronica knew who tried to conceal her identity? Is it possible her killer is still at large in California? It is. Always take caution. Be Safe California.

    EL DORADO COUNTY SHERIFF– If you have information relating to the Veronica Martinez case please contact the El Dorado Co. Sheriffs Office at 530-621-5655.

    Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of beloved California citizen, Veronica Martinez. True Crime California will continue to post updates until her killer is brought to face the full force of justice. True Love Never Dies.

    Contact Chandler Vaughn: chandlerzone@gmail.com.

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  • jessica-funk-haslam Written by Chandler Vaughn

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.- California’s Prop 69 leads to scant investigation of teen murder, botched trial and potential wrongful conviction of Ryan Douglas Roberts.

    The killers, who may be “friends” of the victim, remain free.

    Advisory: In the eyes of the law, Jessica Funk-Haslam’s murder has been solved.

    FUNK-HASLAM MURDER- Jessica Funk-Haslam was a bright and beautiful American teenager growing up in Rosemont, a quiet suburb of Sacramento, California. Like many teens, Jessica had a rebel spirit and wanted independence from her parents.

    On the evening of March 5, 2012, Jessica left the apartment where she lived with her mother and was never seen alive again.

    Sadly, Jessica and her mother, Tara Funk-Haslam, argued immediately before Jessica left home. The topic of the argument was the very fact that Jessica wanted to go out that evening. “She wanted to meet someone”, her mother stated, but didn’t want to say who. Her mother appropriately said no and a conflict ensued.  Stubbornly, like a true teen, Jessica headed out the door unaware of any danger in her path, as she had done once before, two months earlier. In January, a similar incident took place. Jessica left home without permission and later called for a ride from a Watt Avenue apartment complex. Her parents were never able to determine who she had contact with that day, but she made it home safely, thank goodness, unlike the night of March 5th.

    ROSEMONT PARK MURDER- On the evening in question, Jessica reportedly boarded a light rail train and a bus to familiar Rosemont Community park, 200 yards from Albert Einstein Middle School, where she attended 8th grade. Events of that fateful evening remain a mystery. Only small reports and fragments have surfaced that shed light on what Jessica may have been doing that evening.  One witness, who did not want to be identified, reported hearing  the sound of a young girl and man talking in the bleacher area around 2 a.m. Another witness heard screams, followed briefly by a mans voice in the direction of the baseball field.

    Jessica was reported missing the morning of March 6th by her mother, unaware that a body had been discovered at Rosemont Park.

    BODY FOUND– Tragically, Jessica was found at sunrise by a female walking through the park. Although no obvious signs of sexual assault were present. She had been fatally beaten, strangled and stabbed in the neck.  It was determined that Jessica was likely murdered between 8-10 p.m.

    Eventually, video footage from a home surveillance system was turned over to investigators.  The residence where the video camera was located was 150 yards from the baseball field.  It shows a possible suspect running east down Rosemont Drive. When the individual sees cars approaching, he/she appears to hide and then continue running after the cars have passed.  The person in the video was never identified and has disappeared back into the woodwork of Sacramento County.

    The above account was the story released to the public following the murder of Jessica Funk-Haslam. After this time, many statements were made, recorded as official documents and later recanted.

    TRUECRIMECALIFORNIA.COM-For more details, including the recanted original story of teenage “friend”, Savannah Lawless, see article: “Ryan Robert’s Wrongful Conviction”.

    ***All individuals mentioned are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    May Jessica Funk-Haslam rest in eternal peace.

    True Love Never Dies.

    Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

    WRONGFUL CONVICTION-RYAN DOUGLAS ROBERTS

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