• 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

    SANDY GILES UPDATE – November 2017 – Human remains found in the Sonoran desert near the town of Earp, California may be that of Sandy Giles.  For updated story enter “Sandy Giles” in search box.  Or, read original story of Sandy’s disappearance below.

    EARP, Calif. – Sandy Giles 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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  • April 29, 2017 /  San Bernardino CA, Suspicious Death

    JANUARY BLAITHWAITE’S SUSPICIOUS DEATH

         Written by Chandler Vaughn

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – It was a Friday in the city of San Bernardino, December 9, 2016.  The autumn-winter sun set early that evening, just before 5 P.M.

    JANUARY BLAITHWAITE- January Lynn Blaithwaite, 35, grabbed her cell phone, stepped out the front door of her Mom’s house to smoke a cigarette and vanished.

    The first sign of trouble was January’s cell phone, located outside on the walkway, smashed into bits.  January was nowhere to be found.

    BODY FOUND ON 210 FREEWAY– Sadly, later that night, January was found on California’s State Route 210, also known as the “Foothill Freeway”. A passer-by saw her in the west-bound lane and called 911, but it was too late.

    SUSPICIOUS DEATH – December 9, 2016, January Blaithwaite, beloved Daughter, Sister and Mother of three was pronounced dead at the scene.

    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:

    • San Bernardino County Sheriff at 909-388-4826.
    • Submit an Anonymous Tip by phone: 1-800-78-CRIME
    • www.wetip.com. Click on “submit tip”.

    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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  • Jesse Peyton Rose Guilty Verdict

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    March 14, 2015 /  Body California Mine Shaft

    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE:

    MARCH 13, 2015

    Red Mountain man convicted of rape and murder


    Jesse Peyton Rose (Booking Photo)

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.
      – A 20-year-old Red Mountain man was convicted Thursday for the 2014 rape and murder of a 71-year-old victim whose body was found 100 feet down a mineshaft.

    After deliberating for two days, a jury found Jesse Rose guilty of Murder, Elder Abuse Resulting in Death, and Forcible Rape.

    Sandra McKinney, 71, was stabbed 26 times—23 of which were about the face, head and neck.

    According to Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty, who prosecuted the case, deputies were called to check on an abandoned vehicle in the desert. Upon arrival, they found the victim’s vehicle and noticed blood on the bumper and on the bed of the truck.

    After further investigation, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Barstow/Trona substation detected a strong scent of bleach inside the vehicle and eventually returned to the victim’s home where they found the back door open. Nobody was home, but there was blood visible inside the house and the smell of bleach. Homicide investigators are called in and eventually find the victim’s body, along with other evidence linking Rose to the murder, in a mineshaft located nearby the residence.

    Rose is scheduled to be sentenced May 8 in Dept. V4, Victorville Superior Court. He faces a maximum of life in state prison without the possibility of parole.

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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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