July 29, 2008

Woman lost in Mojave National Preserve

Special to the Times
Quartzsite Times

Maria Pomona Cruz Estrada

A woman from the Philippines who was visiting relatives in the Blythe area, has been reported missing.

Maria Pomona Cruz Estrada, 66, was last seen on June 7, 2008. Estrada and a companion were hiking in the Mojave National Preserve in the area of Fort Piute, west of Laughlin, Nev. The two separated around 6 p.m. the same evening and she was last seen in a ravine west of Fort Piute.

Estrada was last seen wearing blue jeans, a long sleeve white shirt, an orange bandana, white althletic shoes and a baseball hat with "San Luis Obispo" written on front.

She is described as an Asian female, 5'3", weighing 128 lbs. She has black eyes and brown hair.

The San Bernardino Sheriff's Office began a search using helicopters, dog teams and on foot.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Deputy Travis Vessells, SBSD Colorado River Station at (760) 326-9200 or Sheriff's Public Affairs at (909) 387-3700 or email to corv-detectives@sbcsd.org.