Kianna Jackson, Josephine Vargas, Martha Anaya Missing From Santa Ana Since Aug. 13, 2013

Categories: Crime-iny

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Martha Anaya
Three women have been missing from Santa Ana since Aug. 13, 2013, and police detectives are still hopeful the public can provide clues to help find them.

Two of the women, Josephine Vargas and Martha Anaya, frequented East First Street, between Grand Avenue and the 55 freeway, an area known to be "a haven for drug and prostitution activity," according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

The third woman, Kianna Jackson, arrived in Orange County via bus at the Santa Ana terminal, immediately checked into a motel in Costa Mesa, and then disappeared several days later, according to police, who have been unable so far to connect her with the East First Street area.

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All photos courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Kianna Jackson
"While these women were not directly associated with one another, their similar backgrounds are cause for concern and may indicate the disappearances are related," reads an alert from the department.

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Josephine Vargas
A fourth woman, Andrea Palma Thomas, had also been feared missing but was located in Anaheim Hills in December, much to the 29-year-old's chagrin. She knew authorities were looking for her but remained in hiding because there was a warrant out for her arrest.

"Detectives have now ruled out any connection between Palma Thomas and the three women who have yet to be found," states the police alert.

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Martha Anaya
All three women have been entered into state and nationwide missing persons databases, and police stress there is no definitive evidence they were abducted or victims of foul play. Anyone with information that can help locate the women is asked to contact the Santa Ana Police Department at 714.245.8393 and ask for Investigative Specialist Debbie Velarde-Reyes.

Anonymous tips may be left with OC Crimestoppers at 855.847.6227.

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23 comments
str8hustling61
str8hustling61

I don't understand whats wrong with these dam santa ana police officers or it could just be orange county that doesn't give a crap about murdered and missing mothers.

elenoreflores
elenoreflores

I'm proud that as a grand juror I helped put away a pimp who enticed a 14 year old to take the bus to Vegas from Miami where his more experienced hooker took her old clothes, old EVERYTHING and dumped it all in the trash.  Gave her all knew clothes, an ID (made with the picture he got off her myspace page) new name, new age, new clothes and promptly drove to LA where he put her to work hooking.  Lucky for that girl she got a terrible infection and when she asked the doctor if she could get a note from him to give her "boyfriend" excusing her from having sex until she recovered he got suspicious.  That guy got over 20 years federal time.  The sad thing was her foster mother in Florida never made any effort to find her.  She didn't know that the guy was a pimp when they first started chatting either.    Sometimes, it really isn't their choice.

Roberto Avalon
Roberto Avalon

Last I heard, one of those girls responded and said she was fine and didn't want to be found. That's that game. Some chicks get caught up and never want to get out...

Fabiola Jasmine Quijano
Fabiola Jasmine Quijano

Thank u for sharing friend.... I got ur message. ..I'm at work, will call u later. Yes is it sad.

Eric Mickler
Eric Mickler

It's everywhere lets open the borders some more you ignorant people !

Lindsey Tricia Brown
Lindsey Tricia Brown

Fabiola this makes me think of the articles you shared for your homework...so sad. 10-15 min from Anaheim =(

Andrew Nava
Andrew Nava

sex slaves now...so long to them.....

fc2479
fc2479 topcommenter

Meth, cocaine and heroin are powerful drugs....I am sure they had a hand in this

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Are we ever going to find out what connection there is between Larry Soo Shin, Aubreyanna Parks, and Marsalis Smith?

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Ok, listen up.  Hooking, whether on the street or over CL is going to get you killed.  Meeting strange men for sex for cash is an extremely dangerous practice, thats why its illegal.  I don't buy that "they had no other option" or "they were forced into it".  Most women choose to sell their bodies and they provide serial killers a very easy pool of targets.  And to blame the cops for not doing more to find them is ludicrous.

elenoreflores
elenoreflores

What does the border have anything to do with this?  Are you talking about Santa Ana and Tustin's border? 

Highway39
Highway39

@downtownbrown  "I don't buy that they had no other option" I hope you get trafficked one day, Brown. An experiential education sounds like it would do you some good.


roman_archer
roman_archer topcommenter

@downtownbrown I'm guessing you accidentally left a very important "who" out of your post. At least I hope so. But knowing you it could have been a Freudian slip.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@downtownbrown  " Hooking, whether on the street or over CL is going to get you killed.  "



Complete bullshit. ... there are MILLIONS of women who work(ed) as prostitutes and NEVER get killed or kidnapped.


Ipso facto.


FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@downtownbrown  

Why is it always the female victim's fault because she "put herself in danger" and never the male attacker's responsibility for being a predator who thinks it's just fine to harm or even murder women? I don't care if the woman or women in question were selling sex for money or not..."She asked for it" doesn't fly anymore. Murder is murder and good cops realize every victim deserves a serious effort on the part of law enforcement to bring their killer(s) to justice.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@DonkeyHotay  

Thank you. Of course, I'm also in favor of legalizing prostitution...if the activity were decriminalized the working ladies (and gentlemen) could report abuse to the authorities without fear. Everyone deserves to be safe.

paullucas714
paullucas714

@FishWithoutBicycle @downtownbrown

It should be legalized. Its a consensual act between two people. Legalizing and regulating will eliminate almost all of the criminal element and the negative health effects and societal effects.

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