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August 23, 2005

Deaf, mute woman reported missing

From: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, CA - Aug 23, 2005

FONTANA - A woman who cannot hear or talk left her home Sunday and has not been seen since.

Heather Estrella Lopez, 19, of Fontana, who has the mental capacity of a 12 or 13-year-old, was last seen leaving with a man she may have met via the Internet, police said.

The woman took personal belongings and got in the man's truck at her home in the 11300 block of Azure Court at 1:13 p.m., according to authorities.

When a family member used sign language to find out where she was going, she didn't sign back, police said.

The woman was last seen wearing a red shirt, light denim jeans and white sneakers. The man, who is 35 to 40-years-old, picked her up in a blue 1980s-model Toyota or Datsun two-door pickup truck.

- Melissa Pinion-Whitt, (909) 483-9378

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