• “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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  • 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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