• MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT PART 4:

      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 Route 66, I-15,  or in the open 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 to many (in this region) to ever make this list complete.

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

    I will continue to add to this list until the missing are found, or justice is served.

    True Love Never Dies.

    Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

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

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  •   Written by Chandler Vaughn

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.– Article: “Ryan Roberts Wrongful Conviction”.

    RYAN ROBERTS– It’s ridiculous to think that a person could end up in prison for murder simply because he smoked a few cigarettes at a local ballpark and then left the butts on the ground. In the case of Ryan Roberts, convicted of murdering Sacramento teen, Jessica Funk-Haslam, this may have been all that happened, thanks to questionable use of California’s Prop 69.

    SACRAMENTO TEEN MURDERED – In the interest of truth and justice, and the safety of our community, please imagine yourself in this position:

    • What if (at a public park) someone picks up your discarded cigarette butts and re-lights them…leaving their DNA mixed with yours?
    • What if that same person…is found dead in the park later that night?
    • What if you have an explanation for your cigarette butts/DNA being found at the park (crime scene), but detectives don’t believe you? What if the jury doesn’t?

    RYAN ROBERTS WRONGFUL CONVICTION- To tell the story of Ryan Robert’s wrongful conviction, I must first tell you the story of a beautiful Sacramento teen, Jessica Funk-Haslam and her violent murder. To tell Jessica’s story, I must also tell of two Lawless relatives, two brothers: Reed and Thomas, and a man named Johnny Richardson.

    JESSICA FUNK-HASLAM MURDER- If you can’t see a meaningful connection between Ryan Roberts and Jessica Funk-Haslam, or understand a motive, you’re not alone, it’s because there isn’t oneRemembering that, let me start from the beginning of this nightmare, March 6, 2012.

    THE BODY / THE MURDER- On March 6, 2012 a woman jogging through Sacramento’s Rosemont Park discovered the dead body of a young girl inside a baseball dugout. The girl was determined to be 13 year-old Jessica Funk Haslam, a somewhat rebellious teen, who was last seen alive the night before, with friend, Savannah Lawless.

    Jessica Funk-Haslam had been violently murdered. Strangled. Bludgeoned. Stabbed in the neck.

    SACRAMENTO CO. SHERIFF– Sheriff’s investigators were called to the scene. Evidence was collected, questions were asked, video footage obtained. Slowly, a story (with motive and witnesses) began to emerge. A story that would later be recanted.

    …A story that had NOTHING to do with Ryan Roberts.

    ROSEMONT PARK- As the original story goes, Jessica Funk-Haslam left home the afternoon of her murder, against the wishes of her mother, Tara Haslam. Allegedly, Jessica ended up at Rosemont Park with a new friend named Savannah Lawless who lived nearby with her mother, Christina Lawless, at a dodgy motel called Vince’s. The sun set around six o’clock that evening, March 5, 2012.

    CHRIS REED WITNESS STATEMENT- The details of the night started taking shape in a statement made by Chris Reed, a friend of Savanna’s mother, Christina.

    Allegedly, that evening, Savannah called her mom, who then handed the phone to Chris Reed. Chris Reed stated that Savannah asked for help and asked him to bring a blanket to the park. According to his original statement, by the time Chris Reed arrived at the park, there were already three individuals standing near Jessica’s body:

    1. Savannah Lawless
    2. Christina Lawless
    3. Johnny Richardson

    Chris Reed further stated there were two other people standing by.

    CHRIS REED/JOHNNY THOMAS RECANT- Chris Reed told the account of what happened to his brother, Johnny Thomas. Both brothers made official statements containing the three names mentioned above. Then, they literally scratched out the names and changed the statements to say “two girls and a guy”.

    At trial, the two statements were recanted entirely, with no explanation.

    Here are a few other details about Savannah Lawless and Chris Reed that should be considered…

    • Savannah Lawless was given immunity for her testimony.
    • Originally, and allegedly, Savannah Lawless implicated Chris Reed as having been with Jessica the night before.
    • Chris Reed was captured on video in the motel parking lot carrying a blanket under his left arm, as indicated in his recanted statement.
    • Chris Reed allegedly laundered the blanket before returning it.
    • Chris Reed was subpoenaed to testify, pled the 5th, (refused to answer on the grounds of self-incrimination) and was released from the subpoena…on his statement it says very clearly that he was afraid to testify because he feared he’d be charged with Jessica’s murder.

    SAVANNAH LAWLESS – Part of the story revealed at trial by defense witness, Michelle Serrao, placed Savannah Lawless with Jessica in a confrontation on the night in question. Michelle testified that upon hearing of Jessica’s murder, Savannah screamed “All I did was just beat her up!”.

    LAWLESS TEEN– An important fringe detail that was ignored by investigators was the friendship between the two girls. Savannah Lawless was a new friend to Jessica of just a few months. You’ve heard the term “mean girls”?  By many accounts Savannah was allegedly quite abusive and once slapped Jessica so hard it knocked her hat off. It has also been alleged that Savannah left several angry voicemails for Jessica just two days before her murder.

    FUNK-HASLAM WITH LAWLESS- In summary, Savannah Lawless was allegedly the last person Jessica was with at Rosemont Park and admitted to beating her up on the same night she was killed. Witness statements indicate that Chris Reed, Johnny Richardson and Christina Lawless may have played a part in this crime.

    Suggested Reading: www.ryandouglasroberts.wordpress.com.

    ***Individuals mentioned in this article are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

    SAVANNAH LAWLESS-CHRISTINA LAWLESS-JOHNNY RICHARDSON-CHRIS REED

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  • MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT – PART TWO

    kristine hamilton 1  kristine hamilton 2 Missing Kristine Hamilton

    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 PERSON– 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?

    • White 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.

    TRUE CRIME CALIFORNIA – MISSING MORENO VALLEY

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  • MISSING GIRLS OF THE DESERT: PART ONE

    christina battin 3  christina battin aged Missing Christina Battin

    THOUSAND PALMS, Calif.- Since the year 2000, several females from the desert communities of California have gone missing.

    CHRISTINA BATTIN– On June 8, 2003, Christina Ann Battin, 14, vanished from the Coachella Valley and was never heard from again. Christina was last seen in the town of Hemet, one hour east of Thousand Palms, where she resided. Details involving Christina’s disappearance are few.

    MISSING PERSON– It has been 13 long years since Christina Battin was last seen. On September 27, 2016, she’d be 28. Christina is loved and missed by many. Have you seen Christina Battin?

    CHRISTINA ANN BATTIN – ENDANGERED MISSING

    • White Female:
    • D.O.B: Sept. 27, 1988
    • Height: 5’6″
    • Weight: 100 lbs.
    • Hair: Blonde or strawberry
    • Eyes: Blue
    • Case # O-03176024

    RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF– If you have any information on the whereabouts of Christina Ann Battin, please contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Investigator, Isaac White at 760-836-1676 or the Riverside County Sheriff Palm Desert Station at 760-836-1600.

    TRUE CRIME CALIFORNIA-MISSING COACHELLA

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  • April 20, 2016 /  California Missing Persons, True Crime

    KRISTEN MODAFFERI MISSING SINCE 1997

    kristen modafferi  kristin modafferi 2  kristen modafferi 3 Written by Chandler Vaughn

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif- Kristen Modafferi’s disappearance remains a mystery after 19 years.

    KRISTEN MODAFFERI UPDATE: Kristen Modafferi has been missing since 1997. Sadly, Kristen arrived in California to attend college only three short weeks prior to her disappearance. She left Charlotte, North Carolina on her 18th birthday, June 1, 1997 and was last seen on June 23, 1997.

    HUMAN REMAINS DETECTED POSSIBLY KRISTEN- Many leads involving suspicious circumstances have been followed over the past two decades. In 2015, human remains were detected by cadaver dog in the basement of the Oakland home where Kristen rented a room in 1997.

    The remains have not yet been identified.

    MISSING PERSON- KRISTEN MODAFFERI

    • Age 18 at time of disappearance
    • Brown Hair / Eyes
    • Weight: 140
    • Height: 5’6″
    • Birth date: Born June 1, 1979

    FBI INVESTIGATION- The following information is taken directly from the FBI website for missing persons…

    “Kristen Modafferi was last seen on the afternoon of June 23, 1997, at the coffee shop where she was working in the Crocker Galleria Mall in San Francisco, California. The then eighteen-year-old had completed her freshman year of college in North Carolina and had recently moved to the San Francisco area to attend summer school at the University of California at Berkeley. She was living in Oakland. She has not been seen or heard from since”.

    If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

    Field Office: San Francisco

    THE KRISTEN FOUNDATION- Foul play may be present in this ongoing caseFor additional detailed information visit: The Kristen Foundation at: http://www.kristenfoundation.org

    TRUE CRIME-KRISTEN MODAFFERI-MISSING-SAN FRANCISCO

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  • April 18, 2016 /  Body Found, True Crime

    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.

    TRUE CRIME-STEPHANIE DIXON-SUSPICIOUS DEATH

    Comments/Contact: If any pictures of Stephanie Dixon are available to post here in her honor, please email 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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