• 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

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  • MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT

       Written by Chandler Vaughn

    EARP, Calif. – Sandy Giles Still Missing from San Bernardino County, California.

    SANDY GILES MISSING –  It was Mother’s Day weekend. Sandy, a 44 year-old beloved mother and resident of Maplesville, Alabama was headed home from a road trip she’d taken with a family friend.

    Sadly, on May 13, 2017, Sandy Giles vanished while traveling on California’s hot and dangerous, “Twentynine Palms Highway” and was never seen again.

    CALIFORNIA ROAD TRIP – Sandy reportedly had some issues while on the road. In Marysville, (Northern California) she had unexpectedly left her motel room in the middle of the night with the intention of driving back to Alabama alone. It appears that she was running out of money and gas near the end of her trip as she headed toward the Mojave Desert.

    Sandy called her son at 5 P.M. on May 13th from the Hi Sahara Oasis Gas Station in Essex/Fenner while adding as much fuel as she could afford.  Sandy’s family expected her home to Alabama no later than the following Monday.

    Allegedly, Sandy was going to attempt to make it to the closest Walmart to receive money by wire transfer.  The closest Walmart stores to Hi Sahara Oasis are:

    • Bullhead City, Nevada- 1 hour 13 minutes
    • Parker, Arizona- 2 hours

    I-40 EAST / OLD STATE ROUTE 66 – Hi Sahara Oasis is the only gas station for 100 miles on this infamous stretch of highway, also known as “Old National Trails Highway” and “Old Route 66”.

    TWENTYNINE PALMS HWY – The last leg of this trip would put Sandy on State Route 62, aka. “Twentynine Palms Highway”, with the sun setting around 7:40 P.M. that evening.

    I-10 EAST – It seems likely that Sandy was planning to take the “southern route”, Interstate 10 EAST, back to Alabama, which might be why she went south to Parker despite the longer distance.

    MISSING PERSON – Sandy Giles’ call from Hi Sahara Oasis was the last call she made.  On May 16th, Sandy’s 2013 Dodge Avenger was found partially high-center on a sand wash, just outside of Earp, California.

    COLORADO RIVER – The micro-town of Earp, (named after lawman Wyatt Earp), lies just across the Colorado River from Parker, a short 2 or 3 miles from Walmart.

    SANDY GILES MISSING PERSON – All Sandy’s belongings were locked in the vehicle, including her purse, clothing, cell phone and asthma inhaler.  The only thing missing was Sandy herself and the car keys. It is still unknown if Sandy’s car was out of gas (again) or if she ran off the road accidently into the wash and got stuck.

    MOJAVE DESERT – After searching the roadside area thoroughly, her family personally recovered Sandy’s flip flop sandals about 20 yards down “Twentynine Palms Highway” near a patch of sage brush. There were a few bare footprints in the desert sand, but nothing else.

    MISSING PERSON SEARCH – In late May, a search party of volunteers gathered at the Earp Post Office to search the area again, but found no trace of Sandy Giles.

    SANDY GILES DESCRIPTION:

    • Caucasian Female
    • Missing From Earp, California
    • Date Missing: May 13, 2017
    • Age: 44
    • Height: 5’7″
    • Weight: 180
    • Hair Color: Bleached blonde
    • Eyes: Blue
    • Tattoos: 1) Dog tag with chain on ankle says “Sandy”.  2) Yellow infinity symbol on left wrist.

    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF NEEDLES / COLORADO RIVER SUBSTATION

    INFORMATION ON SANDY GILES CASE – If you have any information on the whereabouts of Sandy Giles please contact San Bernardino County Sheriff:

    • Detective Tim Preston at 760-326-9200
    • Deputy Rivas at 909-520-1369
    • Submit Anonymous Tip: www.wetip.com or 1-800-78-CRIME

    Or Contact Private Investigator Scott Herring at 909-883-3045

    NAMUS –  National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. See: www.namus.gov.

    ***The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s website also provides a NamUS portal to search for missing persons.  See: (www.sbcounty.gov/sheriff. *Click “general info” on home page).

    NAMUS – Can be used in two ways:

    1. …To Search for Missing Persons/Unidentified Remains in the USA.
    2. …By Family Members to Start a “NamUS”  File and Submit Information About the Missing Person.

    CALIFORNIA STATE DEPT OF JUSTICE – To report information on the whereabouts of, or search for a missing person, See: California State Dept. of Justice Website (www.oag.ca.gov/missing) or call 1-800-222-FIND.

    FACEBOOK PAGE – See: “Help Find Sandy Giles”.  Please Like and Share.

    TRUECRIMECALIFONIA.COM – Please submit photos of Sandy to email below.  Any additional information such as Sandy’s Middle Name/Birthdate would be helpful. Thank You.

    Prayers for Sandy’s Safe Return.  God Bless.  Keep Vigilant.  True Love Never  Dies.

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

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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

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  • 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

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  • MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT

       Written By Chandler Vaughn

    BARSTOW, Calif. – The above composite sketch is the likeness of a young girl who was murdered and barbarically decapitated in February 2010. Who is she? And how did she end up in Barstow?

    JANE DOE – She is now 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 California’s Interstate 15 near State Route 58.  He picked up the backpack (shown below) 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 JANE DOE (FEB 2010) – Did you know her?

    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.

      San Bernardino Jane Doe Feb 2010

    UNIDENTIFIED / UNSOLVED – Jane Doe’s murder and identity remain unsolved.

    BARSTOW POLICE- If you have information on the identity of San Bernardino Jane Doe Feb 2010, please call the Barstow Police at 760-255-5134.

    • 1-800-78-CRIME to leave an anonymous tip.
    • 1-800-222-FIND
    • www.wetip.com to leave an anonymous tip.

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

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

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  • MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT

    kristine hamilton 1   Written by Chandler Vaughn

    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 GIRLS OF THE DESERT– 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?

    MISSING PERSON KRISTINE HAMILTON

      Age Progression Photo of Kristine Hamilton

    • Caucasian 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.

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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

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