12-05-2007, 11:48 AM #1
CA - Veronica Ruiz, 25, Mill Valley, 5 Dec 2007
5 Dec 07
Mill Valley police, friends, family and co-workers of a missing Mill Valley woman will resume their search at daybreak Wednesday.
25-year-old Veronica Ruiz told a friend Monday she was going hiking and has not been seen since.
According to police, about 30 people searched the Mt. Tamalpais area on Tuesday, where Ruiz has been known to hike previously.
Friends reported Ruiz missing at 10 p.m. Monday.
According to police, she was last heard from at 2 p.m. Monday.
Ruiz was described as "despondent," police reported after breaking up with her boyfriend.
Friends said they believe she most likely was headed toward the Railroad Grade trail head on Mount Tamaulipas or toward the Golden Gate Bridge. Ruiz recently completed the Nike Marathon, which runs along that route.
Ruiz is a Treasury Department employee is of Asian descent with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Mill Valley police Detective Sgt. G. Dean Loutas at 415-389-4100.
12-06-2007, 09:28 PM #2
Not looking good
6 Dec 07
Authorities have called off the search for a missing woman who failed to return from a planned hike on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County.
About 100 people in all had been looking for 25-year-old Veronica Ruiz since she was reported missing Monday night.
Ruiz is an Internal Revenue Service agent. A co-worker says Ruiz recently became despondent over a breakup with her boyfriend.
Agents searched the Mill Valley apartment where the couple lived and recovered the keys to her department vehicle. They did not find her handgun, which she was authorized to carry as part of her job.
(Bolding is mine.)
12-07-2007, 12:01 AM #3Registered User
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It doesn't sound good. I wonder if she was going to the woods to commit suicide. No man is worth that. So they aren't going to look anymore for her?
She needs to be found whether she is dead or alive.
12-10-2007, 12:52 AM #4
Friends and relatives of a 25-year-old Internal Revenue Service agent missing for a week from her Mill Valley home refused to give up hope Sunday and organized volunteers to scour the steep Mount Tamalpais trails where the woman may have ventured after a difficult breakup with her live-in boyfriend.
A mutual friend of the couple, Maricris Ruiz said, had slept at her sister's home on Throckmorton Avenue near downtown Mill Valley on Saturday night, to console her. The friend left for work before 8 a.m. Maricris Ruiz said her sister called in sick to her IRS job in San Rafael.
When the friend called about noon, Veronica Ruiz declined a lunch invitation, saying she was going on a hike. Two people later reported unconfirmed sightings of her at Mount Tamalpais locations: one at 11 a.m. at the Blithedale trail entrance not far from her home, the other an hour later at the West Point Inn, to the west.
Maricris Ruiz said it appears her sister sent text messages to family members and friends in the early afternoon, thanking them for their support. There has been no sign of her since, and Mill Valley police late Wednesday suspended their search.
The week has been difficult for Veronica Ruiz's family. Her father, who lives in the Philippines, had a massive stroke when he was told of the news over the telephone, and remains paralyzed on the right side of his body, according to Maricris Ruiz. Her mother went into shock and had to be hospitalized after learning the official search was suspended.
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12-10-2007, 11:28 AM #5
Possible new clue?
The backpack of a missing Mill Valley woman may have been spotted in the Mount Tamalpais area.
The leader in the search for Veronica Ruiz said volunteers found the backpack in a creek under a bridge but have not reached it yet, and can't confirm if it belonged to Ruiz.
more at link
12-10-2007, 09:49 PM #6
Just saw this on Nancy Grace. I hope she didn't hurt herself. They just described her as 'despondent' on the show. You are RIGHT NO MAN IS WORTH THAT!"The greatest crimes do not arise from a want of feeling for others but fromover-sensibility for ourselves and an over-indulgence to our own desires."~~ Edmund Burke
12-13-2007, 10:01 AM #7
Was NOT a backpack
10 Dec 07
What was thought to a key item in the search for a missing Mill Valley woman in the Mount Tamalpais area was determined to be nothing more than a pile of debris, according to police.
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12-13-2007, 10:18 PM #8
Searchers need help
13 Dec 07
Family members of 25-year-old Veronica "Nikki" Ruiz, missing since she reportedly left for a hike on Mt. Tamalpais the morning of Dec. 3, are asking for supplies and funds for their daily searches, Ruiz' older sister, Maricris Ruiz, said on Thursday.
Some family members have stopped working to search for Ruiz full-time. They said more volunteers are needed as well as money and supply donations, including food, bottled water, flashlights, and maps.
Donations can be made in Daly City or Mill Valley at locations listed on the search Web site at www.helpfindveronicaruiz.com. Money donations for search supplies can also be made on the Web site.
more about search at link
01-14-2008, 01:57 PM #9
Possibly found deceased
14 Jan 08
A Marin County Search and Rescue team of volunteers conducting a training exercise on Mount Tamalpais uncovered the body of a woman Sunday afternoon, law enforcement authorities said.
The discovery about half a mile northwest of West Blithedale Avenue's end comes five weeks after Veronica Ruiz, a 25-year-old federal tax agent, disappeared after she told friends she was going for a hike. Crews conducted an exhaustive search for Ruiz in the two days following her disappearance, then called it off. Friends and family continued to search long after the authorities suspended their official search Dec. 5. About two dozen searchers were participating Sunday in the mock exercise with nine dogs from the California Rescue Dogs Association who are trained to find cadavers when the clothed body was found at about 1:30 p.m. It was in a grove of redwood trees amid dense underbrush about 30 to 40 yards off Hoo-Koo-E-Koo Road near West Blithedale Ridge in Mt. Tam State Park, Marin County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Doug Pittman said.
Pittman said the Marin County Coroner's Office is investigating the identity of the woman and cause of death. He said it might take a few days. Ruiz's family and friends have been notified of the discovery, Mill Valley police detective Lindsay Haynes said.
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01-15-2008, 05:15 PM #10
I was just in this area on Saturday. I saw a missing flyer posted at Muir Beach and then to read the article in the newspaper at the airport last night was heartbreaking.
01-15-2008, 10:47 PM #11
15 Jan 08
A woman found dead last weekend on Mt. Tamalpais has been identified as an IRS agent who disappeared in December.
The Marin County coroner's office said Tuesday that 25-year-old Veronica Ruiz died of a gunshot wound to the head that appears to have been self-inflicted.
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