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SAPD seeks help locating missing woman named Martha Anaya

Published on November 27, 2013

Santa Ana Police Department Advisory: Santa Ana Police request public’s assistance locating missing woman

Synopsis: 28 year-old, Martha Anaya was reported missing. Martha is known to frequent the areas of 1st and Lyon. Anaya left her residence without her belongings and has not contacted her family, or minor child, which is out of character for her.

Location Last seen: 3200 Block of Bently Park. Santa Ana

Description: 28 year-old, Female, Hispanic, 506, 130, Brown hair, Brown eyes
Tattoos: “Amy” left wrist, “Melody” right wrist, “R.I.P. It was all a Dreamer” “Butterfly” left breast.

Clothing: Light Blue Jeans.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Martha Anaya is asked to contact: Investigator Velarde-Reyes 714 245-8393 or SAPD Dispatch 714 834-4211.

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Johnson: What happens when a woman just vanishes?
Published: Dec. 2, 2013 Updated: 3:57 p.m.


I always imagine that is how it happens. It has to, doesn't it?

How else does a full-grown adult simply go missing?

These cases always fascinate me. I am still a member of a Facebook group that started with the disappearance of a young woman about 21/2 years ago.

She was on her way to work. That evening they found her car parked on the side of a busy canyon road. Her purse was still in it. Police and friends searched everywhere.

Her name is Amy Ahonen. Rarely has a day passed since I first reported her story that I have not thought of her. She remains missing. Simply vanished.

How is that possible?

All of that is every reason I accepted Linda Salcedo's invitation to her North Bristol Street home in Santa Ana. Her daughter, Martha Anaya, 28, has been missing since Nov. 12.

“That's what we are trying to figure out,” Rosa Salcedo, 27, who arrived at the house to interpret for her aunt, replied when I asked the above questions.

They have plastered Santa Ana with fliers about the missing woman, and hounded local media with requests to do stories about Martha Anaya.

I had questions.

I posed them first to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, Santa Ana Police Department spokesman.

Was Martha Anaya a drug user? It was the first question he asked me. When a person goes missing for weeks, he told me, drugs are usually the force behind it all.

“Usually they're off somewhere binging, not wanting to be found,” he said.

Is she involved in prostitution? That, he said, is the second question detectives always ask.

“In most of those cases, though, the missing is usually younger than this woman,” he explained.

Is there a dispute within the family? Who are her friends? Could there be a domestic issue afoot?

“Very seldom in our experience has the missing become the victim of a crime,” he said.

“The norm is the missing doesn't want to be found. Maybe there is a boyfriend the family doesn't want her to be around. She chooses,” Bertagna said.

I had one last question: How often in your experience does a missing person remain missing, never to be found again. Simply gone?

“With kids,” Bertagna said, “it is very rare. With women, never.”

None of the corporal's questions pertained to her cousin, Rosa Salcedo swore to me. Oh, when she was younger, she would do the things young people do, she said. But that was then. She is now nothing but responsible for her two daughters, Melody, 12, and Deja, 5.

“She would never leave her two children,” she said. “Not like this.”

The little girl watching cartoons and rolling on the carpet in a far corner of the room is Deja. Linda Salcedo has told the girl that her mother is on a trip, that she will return soon.

On Nov. 12, Deja's father, Jesse, was to drop the little girl off at Martha's home in the Bentley Apartments the way he did every day before going to work at 7 a.m.

Martha wasn't there. Neither was she at her mother's home.

“It's so strange because Martha always called her mother every morning and every night,” Rosa Salcedo said.

“They talked throughout everyday. On that day, nothing,” she said.

The woman does not work. Her life, Rosa Salcedo said, is her daughters.

“Her closest friends know nothing. Everyone she hangs out with, we have spoken with them, and they know nothing,” Rosa Salcedo said.

“The last time anyone saw her was at First Street and Orange. Another girl has gone missing from there, too, we have found out. She has been missing since Oct. 23. Something strange is going on.”

The family, including her brother, Carlos, posted fliers at all the places she would frequent.

On Nov. 14 they received a call.

The caller said a woman matching the description of Martha Anaya was at First and Orange. The woman, the caller said, was strung out.

Rosa and Linda Salcedo raced over. Oh, if that is her, Rosa Salcedo told herself, she is going to really give it to her cousin. How could she do this?

“My cousin has a very distinctive walk, one you can spot a mile away,” Rosa Salcedo said. “It's like she is in a rush to get somewhere.

“I told myself, ‘Don't get excited, just walk up to her.' The woman had the same blond hair as Martha. I walked up to her, looked into her face, and it wasn't her.

“It was such a letdown,” she said.

No, Martha does not do drugs, Rosa Salcedo said.

“She doesn't even drink. She can't handle hard liquor,” she said.

They have been very close since they were children, she said. They would see each other often, have lunch together.

“I know someone has her,” Linda Salcedo interjects, Rosa Salcedo relaying the message to me. “Martha just wouldn't do this to her family.”

No, Martha was a woman who kept a schedule, Rosa Salcedo said. You could set your watch by it.

It was Monday when we spoke. Tuesday would be Martha Anaya's 28th birthday. They had made plans, Rosa Salcedo said.

“If someone has her,” Linda Salcedo said through Rosa, “just please let her go. She has a family waiting for her.”

Linda Salcedo begins to cry.

“With the holidays and all,” Rosa Salcedo tells me, “it's really hard on us now. She has already bought her daughters' presents. We've already gone hopping for Christmas.”

The only thing the family can do now is put out more fliers, Rosa Salcedo said. What the family will not do, she said, is give up.

“It is just so weird. For her not to be there for her daughters was the first warning sign. Please tell people to look for her.”

When I get up to leave, I tell the two women to take care of the little girl still over in the corner watching cartoons and laughing.

Linda Salcedo grabs my hand. Rosa interprets for her.

“I have faith that Martha will come home to me,” Linda said. “Everyday I wait for her phone call.

“I wait to hear her yell to open my front door.


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Help Find Kara Kopetsky, Samuel Hoyt And Other Missing People
David Lohr
Posted: 12/11/2013 1:49 pm EST

More than 600,000 men, women and children are reported missing in the United States each year.

Please take a few moments to read about this week's missing people. If you recognize one of them, contact the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Typically, someone, somewhere has information that could help recover a missing person. And whether you realize it or not, that someone could be you.

Martha Anaya
Santa Ana Police Department
The word "dreamer" is tattooed on 28-year-old Martha Anaya, a missing mother of two from Santa Ana, Calif., but family members say she is a responsible parent, grounded in reality. That fact, along with the lack of any telltale signs of a desire to escape life, left Anaya's loved ones and police puzzled by her Nov. 12 disappearance. According to the Orange County Register, she was last seen by her mother when she dropped Anaya off at her apartment complex after running errands. What happened to Anaya after that remains a mystery. Her family members have not heard from her since, and she has not reached out to her two daughters, ages 5 and 12. Anaya is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 130 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Anaya has several tattoos including, "Amy" on her left wrist, "Melody" on her right wrist, and "R.I.P. It was all a Dreamer" and "Butterfly" on the left side of her chest. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Ana Police Department at (714) 245-8400.

Holly Grim
Pennsylvania State Police

Holly Grim's mother is convinced there was foul play involved in her daughter's sudden and unexplained disappearance. The 41-year-old mother vanished on the morning of Nov. 22, after she drove her son to a school bus stop in Macungie Township, Pa. Her mother, Jeanette Grim, noticed something was amiss later that day when she stopped by her daughter's mobile home. She was surprised to find her daughter's car parked in the driveway, since she should have been at work. She also was troubled by things she observed inside the home, including Holly's glasses, cigarettes, keys -– items she would normally have with her -- and an overturned cup of coffee. "It's almost like they picked her up from there and just took her," Grim told The Morning Call. The distraught mother said it would be out of character for her daughter, whom she described as a dedicated and doting mother, to take off without letting someone know of her plans. "She lived for her son. She wouldn't leave him behind. She loved life," Grim said, according to The Morning Call. Authorities have been tight-lipped about Grim's disappearance. She is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall and about 100 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police at (610) 395-1438.

Samuel Hoyt
Richmond Police Department

Samuel Hoyt left some personal items at the Virginia War Memorial before he vanished on Nov. 22. Police said the 46-year-old resident of Philadelphia also placed flowers near the eternal flame at the memorial and left a note behind scribbled on his passport. Authorities have yet to reveal the note's contents, but family members told that Hoyt showed signs of mental instability prior to his disappearance. Multiple searches have been conducted for Hoyt, each one unsuccessful. His girlfriend, Annmarie Smith, recently traveled from Philadelphia to Virginia to assist in the searches. Upon her return she posted to her Facebook page that she had to leave the area, “heavy hearted [and] empty handed.” Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Richmond police at (804) 646-6769.

William Johnson
Detroit Police Department

William Johnson, 79, of Detroit, has not been seen since Nov. 21. Johnson, who police say was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, was driving a beige 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette at the time of his disappearance. The vehicle has Michigan license plate 740-4F2. No additional details have been released. Johnson is described as 6 feet tall and 152 pounds. He was last seen wearing black pants and a beige checkered shirt. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-5240.

Glenn Patrick Lett
Cincinnati Police Department

An Ohio postal worker is missing in Cincinnati. Family members last saw 38-year-old Glenn Patrick Lett on Dec. 2. The U.S. Postal Service worker was reported missing when he failed to show up for work. His dark brown, 2009 Chevrolet Impala with Ohio tags GBF1837, is also missing.  Authorities and family members are concerned for Lett's safety because he is diabetic and requires regular medication. He is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 250 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a black and white-striped shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information on Lett is asked to contact District 3 of the Cincinnati Police Department at (513) 263-8300.

Katrina Lewis
Katrina Lewis, of Pawtucket, R.I., is in "great danger" according to a missing- person flyer being distributed online. The 18-year-old was last seen in the early morning hours of Dec. 1, riding in the passenger seat of her mother's 2003 orange and red Kia Rio. It remains unclear why Lewis' family members believe she is in danger. Police have not responded to a request for comment. Lewis is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, 120 pounds, with reddish brown hair and green eyes. She is believed to be traveling in the Kia Rio, Rhode Island license plate 655-958. Anyone with information about Lewis' whereabouts is asked to call the Pawtucket Police Department at (401) 727-9100. For more information, visit the "Bring Katrina Lewis Home Safe" Facebook page.

Teleka Cassandra Patrick
Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department

A gold 1997 Lexus ES300 is the only clue police have in the disappearance of Teleka Cassandra Patrick. Authorities found the Michigan woman's vehicle abandoned in Indiana on Dec. 5. The vehicle was found along the westbound lanes of Interstate 94, just east of Porter, Ind., police said. Patrick was reported missing on Dec. 6. The 33-year-old from Kalamazoo, Mich., was last seen the previous day when she was dropped off at her vehicle in the parking lot of a Kalamazoo medical center. What happened to Patrick after that is unknown. She is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Indiana State Police at (219) 696-6242 or the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office at (269) 383-8748.

Dale Robinson
Woodbury County Sheriff's Office

Dale Robinson's son said he is afraid his missing father is "alone and scared." Dale Robinson, 84, disappeared on Aug. 3. A resident of Moville, Iowa, he was last seen at the Argosy Casino on Sioux City's riverfront, where he would typically pick up his wife, Betty. His son, Robert Robinson, suspects Alzheimer's could play a role in his father's disappearance. "I have troubles with the emotions, thinking that he's out there somewhere by himself," Robinson told the Sioux City Journal. Adding to the mystery of Robinson's disappearance is the fact that his maroon 2000 Ford F-150 single-cab truck, with Iowa plate 870-ZCF, is also missing and has not been spotted since the day he disappeared. Robinson is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, and 116 pounds. He has gray hair. Anyone with any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office at (712) 279-6510. For more information, visit the "Missing Dale Robinson" Facebook page.

Monique Vargas
Authorities in Santa Ana, Calif., are searching for 34-year-old Monique Vargas. She disappeared Oct. 24. Heather Hernandez, a woman who said on Facebook she is Vargas' sister-in-law, said her sister was last seen in the same general area as Martha Anaya, another woman recently reported missing. While authorities have yet to comment on a possible connection, Hernandez posted on Facebook that she does not feel police are "really assisting" her family. The Santa Ana Police recently issued the following statement to "The investigation is still ongoing and detectives continue to follow-up on leads." Vargas is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall and 115 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. She also has two tattoos on her back. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call (714) 560-3910.

Stephanie Anne Warner
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Stephanie Anne Warner has been missing since the Fourth of July. The 43-year-old woman was last seen marching in an Independence Day parade in Jackson, Ore. What happened to her after that remains a mystery. In August, Jackson County Sheriff's Office investigators named Warner's boyfriend, Lennie Laverne Ames, 60, a "person of interest" in her disappearance. "We named him a person of interest because we can't definitively clear him of her disappearance," Detective Eric Henderson told the Mail Tribune. Henderson added, "She was making future plans to do things locally. There's no evidence to suggest that she planned to take off and leave." Warner is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 135 pounds, with red hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink and tan top, and black pants. Anyone who has seen Warner is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at (541) 774-8333.

Cold Case Of The Week
Six years is a long time, but when a loved one has been missing that long, it can feel like a lifetime. That nightmare, unfortunately, has become a reality for the family of Kara Kopetsky. Kopetsky was 17 when she disappeared in Belton, Mo., on May 4, 2007. The teenager was last seen by her mother when she headed off to school that morning. Surveillance footage recovered from Belton High School shows that Kopetsky made it to school, but left shortly after arriving. Cell phone records indicate the last call on the teen's phone was with her ex-boyfriend that morning. They spoke for about 20 minutes. What happened to the teen after that conversation remains a mystery. Kara Kopetsky's mother reported her missing later that day. Multiple searches have been conducted, but no solid evidence has been found to suggest what happened to the teen. Her family remains convinced of foul play. "[i was] robbed of the lifetime of memories I should have had with Kara," Kopetsky's mother, Rhonda Beckford, said in a May interview with The Washington Post. At the time of her disappearance, Kopetsky was 5 feet 5 inches tall, 125 pounds, and had brown hair and hazel eyes. Her family has set up a website devoted to the case, According to the site, an $80,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to finding the missing girl. Anyone with information is asked to call the Belton Police Department at (816) 331-1500 or the anonymous tip hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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Police unsure if missing women cases are linked
Published: Dec. 13, 2013 Updated: 9:33 p.m.

SANTA ANA – Police in Santa Ana remain unsure if the disappearances of four women since October are connected, while residents are warning one another to be wary of their surroundings as word spreads about the missing women.

At this point, the only commonality in the disappearances is that the women – Martha Anaya, 28; Kianna Rae Jackson, 20; Josephine Monique Vargas, 34; and Andrea Nichole Palma, 29 – frequented a neighborhood along a half-mile stretch of First Street between Grand Avenue and the 55 freeway, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said Friday.

Some of the women have substance-abuse issues or prostitution arrests, and two of them have children, he said.

Vargas’ younger sister Deseree said Josephine battled a drug addiction but said she was doing better. She hopes the public looks past that in their search for her.

“I’m pretty sure everybody goes through something in life, and I feel she shouldn’t be judged by that,” she said. “She was spending a lot of time with family.”

Jackson was reported missing Oct. 15, Vargas on Oct. 27, Anaya on Nov. 12, and Palma on Nov. 23, Bertagna said. Missing-person reports were filed by family members of the women.

There is no indication the women are crime victims and may have disappeared on their own accord, Bertagna said.

“Obviously, we are concerned, but it’s no different than any other person who goes missing,” he said, adding the public should not be overly worried.

“We don’t believe we have a serial killer, and there is no evidence of human trafficking. Bodies have not shown up, so we haven’t turned it over to homicide. We get people who go missing every day.”

However, news about the missing women is spreading across social media and deep in the neighborhoods.

Residents are alerting one another on Facebook to be extra cautious, while Anaya’s mother and Vargas’ family have joined forces in walking neighborhoods with fliers of the missing women.

“It’s four women now,” Anaya’s mother Herlinda Salcedo said Friday afternoon.

On Sunday, Deseree Vargas plans to walk in awareness of her missing sister beginning at First and Main streets. She is coordinating with Salcedo.

“We’re going to work as a team because there’s really nothing else to do,” said Deseree Vargas, 25. “Our next option is just blow up their pictures and stand on the corner where cars are passing by.”

Josephine Vargas has three daughters ages 8, 6 and 6 months old, her sister said.

Deseree Vargas said Josephine, who normally goes by Monique, was last seen by her husband Oct. 23 as he left for work that morning.

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Families of three missing Santa Ana women growing desperate

The women vanished in October and November, and their families are frustrated with the slow pace of the investigations.


February 08, 2014|By Paloma Esquivel

Kianna Jackson disappeared first.


The 20-year-old called her mother on Oct. 2 and told her she was taking the bus to Santa Ana from her home in Las Vegas for a court date. The next day she stopped answering her phone.


Twenty days later, Monique Vargas, a 34-year-old mother of three, left her sister's birthday party, telling family she was walking to the market to buy groceries. They haven't seen her since.


Another 20 days later, Martha Anaya, 28, asked her boyfriend to pick up their young daughter because she had to work. The next morning, Jesse Fisher called Anaya — again and again. As the hours wore on, he began frantically messaging her.




"Fool where r u"


"Isnt [our daughter] going to school"


Days later, he sent a final message:


"Please if u find this phone call the police this is a missing persons phone."


In the span of two months, three women who frequented tough Santa Ana neighborhoods known for drug dealing and prostitution disappeared. Police say they are unsure if the cases are linked. The women's families, desperate to find them, have grown frustrated by the slow progress of the search.


"They don't seem to care about them, you know? It's just another Santa Ana woman," Fisher said. "But not to me. She's somebody."


Even in a city where 1,200 people were reported missing last year, the disappearances stand out. The majority of the city's cases involve runaways, older residents who become disoriented or people who simply don't want to be found. Usually, they turn up in a few hours or days.


But in this case, the women seemed to have vanished.


Friends and family describe Jackson, the baby-faced girl from Willits, Calif., as high-energy — the type who talks and talks until everyone around her is exhausted.


"If we could tap a light into her we'd have light all day long," said Kathy Menzies, her mother.


After one semester of college, Jackson left Northern California in search of a more exciting life in Las Vegas. She told her mother that she was considering working for an escort service, but said she would stop short of having sex with customers. Menzies tried to talk her out of it, but realized she couldn't do much to influence Jackson's decision.


Instead, Menzies tried to keep tabs on her daughter, calling and texting her frequently.


When Jackson stopped responding on Oct. 3, Menzies knew something was wrong. In the days that followed, she called her daughter repeatedly. Then she called jails, hospitals and the morgues in Orange, L.A. and San Diego counties.


According to court records, Jackson was due to appear on four misdemeanor charges of prostitution and loitering to commit prostitution. Since late 2012, she had been arrested in Stanton, Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, on a stretch of Harbor Boulevard frequented by sex workers.


Her attorney, David Nisson, said she did show up for her court date. She owed him $500 in fees, he said, and she gave him $100, promising the rest later.


"I told her I appreciated it, and she seemed fine," Nisson said.


Whatever she was doing, friends say, Jackson wouldn't have left without letting them know.


"She would call me if she was in trouble. We could just talk about anything she was going through," said Vaneda Aleta So, 21, a friend of Jackson's since seventh grade. "Something definitely is wrong."


Josephine Monique Vargas grew up in Santa Ana, the eldest of five siblings. They all called her "Giggles."


Her sister, Desiree Vargas, said she last heard from her on Oct. 23. Monique had spent the day celebrating with family but left in the afternoon, saying she was going to the store. Desiree believes she was headed to a market on East 1st Street; her mother remembers it was a nearby discount store.


When Vargas didn't respond to messages in the days that followed, her mother and sister assumed she was home with her husband. He told them he thought she was with them. When they finally figured out she wasn't at either place, they reported her missing.


Disappearing, Desiree said, is "something she would never do, walk out on her family and leave them behind."


Her friends and family walked East 1st Street, a stretch of storefronts and cheap motels known for prostitution activity, posting fliers on lampposts and asking for help. Vargas has a history of prostitution and her family worries her disappearance has gone unheeded because of it.


Her past "has nothing to do with this," said her mother, Priscilla Vargas. "I'm waiting for her. Her family is waiting for her."


Martha Anaya, pretty with long blonde hair, was planning her youngest daughter's birthday party in late November when she disappeared. She had paid the deposit at Chuck E. Cheese.


Anaya had struggled to get a steady job and when she was desperate for cash, she would work East 1st Street, her boyfriend, Fisher, said.

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2 sex offenders charged for raping and killing 4 women




(CNN) — Two registered sex offenders charged with raping and murdering four women in Southern California while the men were wearing ankle monitors are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.


“The GPS was in fact intact, attached to these suspects during the commissions of the crimes,” Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada told reporters Monday.


Steven Dean Gordon, 45, and Franc Cano, 27, were arrested Friday night; they are to be arraigned Tuesday. Police said their ankle monitors and the women’s cell phone records helped authorities link the cases to the suspects.


The body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, of Oklahoma, was found at an Anaheim recycling plant on March 14, Anaheim police said.


The disappearances in Santa Ana of the three other women are being treated as homicides, although their bodies have not been found.


Kianna Jackson, 20, was last reported seen on October 6; Josephine Vargas, 34, on October 24; and Martha Anaya, 28, on November 12.


Both men had been convicted of sex crimes involving children — Gordon in 1992 and Cano in 2007. Each man had checked in with police every 30 days, as required, and authorities had no reason to watch them more closely, Anaheim Police Department spokesman Lt. Bob Dunn said.


A state Department of Corrections official would not say what authorities may have known about the suspects’ activity. “Due to the complexity of the investigation, we are not at liberty to speak on those, but, however, the questions are coming forth to headquarters in Sacramento and, as time permits or we’re allowed to, they will respond to your questions,” Charles Dangerfield told reporters.


All of the women are believed to have worked as prostitutes, police said.

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