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Police Sweep Inland Empire In Two Baffling Missing Women Cases
Police are searching for two women who have disappeared in the Inland Empire in two separate cases. Krystie Stuart, a 29-year-old Lucerne Valley resident, has been missing for over a week, KTLA reports. Stuart left her home in her white Dodge Dakota pickup truck on March 3 to go to an appointment in Apple Valley. She hasn't been seen since, but her truck was found unoccupied in the desert north of Apple Valley on March 8. Investigators are concerned Stuart may not be taking medicine she needs. Police say they have no reason to suspect foul play at this time.
Stuart is described as white, 5'9" and 107 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She was wearing black pants, a white shirt, white shoes and a camo hat. Anyone with information should call the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department at (760) 956-5001.
The second and unrelated case is that of Sahray Barber, 22, who was last seen at 6 a.m. on Monday morning leaving her apartment across from Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) for her job at the Art Institute San Bernardino, where she is also a student. Barber, who typically uses public transit to get to work, never showed up. Some of her possessions were later found on the grounds of the apartment complex.
Investigators searched a ranch in the Redlands and San Bernardino's Little Mountain area yesterday based on a tip, but found nothing, the San Bernardino Sun reports.
Barber's disappearance follows two separate attacks on female students at CSUSB. On March 4, a man grabbed a woman at the university's library and tried to kiss her and pull her pants off, though she was able to kick him and flee. On March 8, a man grabbed a woman walking near the library from behind, put his hand over her mouth and told her she was going for a ride in his car. She was able to elbow him and escape. Both women described their attacker as a Hispanic man who was about 5'8" and in his late teens or early 20s. CSUSB has responded with heightened security and a video about campus safety. The San Bernardino Police Department has released a composite sketch of this suspect.
Authorities have no reason at this point to believe that the two attacks are related to Barber's disappearance.
Barber is described as white, 5'8", 125 pounds with long, auburn hair and green eyes. Anyone with information should call San Bernardino police Detective Dan Han at 909-384-5623.