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Mom Who Vanished After Supposedly Giving Homeless Man A Ride Has Been Found

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A woman who went missing last week after telling a friend she was giving a homeless man a ride to see his probation officer in Simi Valley has been found. Kristin Whitney Ghilardi, a 29-year old Santa Clarita mother who disappeared last Wednesday was found after she was spotted in public several times in Ventura and Northridge and seemed to be fine, according to a release from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Authorities aren't sure why Ghilardi failed to tell her family where she was, but they believe she left Santa Clarita voluntarily.

Ghilardi was reported missing on Friday by her mother after she failed to pick up her 10-year-old son from school on Wednesday and her family was unable to reach her. Calls made to Ghilardi's cell phone went straight to voicemail, and her family said this was unlike her. Her friend, Ashley Boger, said that Ghilardi—who volunteered at a church homelessness outreach program—had met a homeless man named Patrick earlier in the month and had offered to give him a ride to Simi Valley to see his probation officer the day she disappeared. Her family pleaded for her safe return on television several times over the past few days.

In March, there was another missing persons case that ended up being a voluntary disappearance. Sahray Barber, a 22-year-old Cal State Santa Bernardino graphic design student, vanished on her way to work. Her disappearance came within days of two separate attacks on the college's students, and police spent thousands searching for her only to find that she had gone voluntarily missing and was safe at a shelter.

Another woman, 29-year-old Lucerne Valley resident Kystie Stuart, went missing around the same time as Barber. Stuart disappeared on March 3 after she left her home in her truck to go to an appointment in Simi Valley. Her truck was found five days later in the desert north of Apple Valley. Police had no reason to suspect foul play at the time, but Stuart is still missing. Anyone with information on Stuart should call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Missing Persons Detail Unit at 323-890-5500.