January 7, 2022 —- UNDERGROUND MYSTERIES
Laura Piñon is a severely physically disabled woman who vanished on March 11, 2014 when she was 35 years old. Her last known whereabouts is Chula Vista, San Diego County, California.
I decided to write about this case, because there has been little public information on her disappearance. Hopefully that will soon change with the circulation of this article. I also wanted to share her story because she is highly endangered, considering the fact that she relies on medication and a wheelchair for mobility. She cannot survive without adequate medical care.
I performed extensive research on this case to find out the facts of Piñon’s life and to re-create her timeline. Then, I reached out to her family members for more clues. Her family member has stated that I was the first person to reach out to the family regarding her disappearance and that she does not believe an official search has ever taken place. This family member also stated that Piñon was addicted to drugs at the time of her disappearance and may have been living semi-nomadically or homeless. Her family member believes that she was last seen in Texas, but reports state that she went missing in Chula Vista, California. So, there may be a bit of a gray area in terms of where she was last seen. It is possible that due to her homelessness and transient lifestyle, that she moved from California to Texas (or vice-versa) in a short period of time.
Born on May 31, 1978 in Santa Cruz County, California, Piñon grew up in Watsonville, which is also in Santa Cruz County, where she attended Watsonville High School. After high school, she attended Palomar College. She eventually moved around a bit, eventually settling in Chula Vista, California.
In 1994, Piñon suffered a traumatic injury due to seven gunshot wounds, which rendered her disabled with paralysis and ill. While on medical support, she received several medical procedures, including surgeries.
Piñon can be physically described as petite, at 5’0″ in height. She was approximately 140 pounds when she was last seen. Her race is Hispanic. She has black hair and brown eyes, and she has a tattoo on her right breast of a devil / angel / heart. Her eyebrows may be kept thin and may be drawn on with makeup. Other distinguishing features include two piercings: one on her nose and another on her lip. She has several scars from her gunshot wounds. I also found an online source that is written by a woman with her name that mentions a breast surgery; it is uncertain if this relates to the same person.
Piñon may have ties to Dallas, Texas; Plano, Texas; and the following towns in California: San Ysidro, San Diego, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, Encinitas, Escondido (where she had a PO Box), and Spring Valley. She also has extended family in Mexico, specifically Cancun and Tijuana. (For this reason, I have also written this publication in Spanish, which can be found by clicking here.)
I created an interactive map, below, of tagged locations in which Piñon is associated. Some of these markers denote places where she has resided, and a few denote places in which she has familial connections. You should be able to zoom in on the map to see the towns in California and Texas, as well as in Baja California, Mexico.
With such a lengthy medical history and demands of physical support, it is surprising that Piñon is not more represented in the media. Sadly, a large portion of homeless people are disabled, many of which who are wheelchair-dependent. Because Piñon has hardly any function in her arms and legs, she is ranked at a high level of disability. Having a substance abuse issue on top of paralysis puts Piñon in a highly vulnerable position. There is a chance thatshe could have a disoriented mental status or may be lost and trying to find her family, due to her comorbid situation of suffering from both a traumatic injury and addiction.
Note: Laura Piñon has documents that show her name as both Laura Piñon and Laura Pinon (without the tilde above the letter “n”).
I have created a Facebook page aimed at helping in the search of Piñon, titled “Find Laura Pinon”. I have been using #FindLauraPinon as her social media hashtag.
If you have any information on Piñon’s whereabouts, please contact the Chula Vista Police Department at 619-691-5151, and please ask to speak with Detective Tonia Dunnebacke, CSO. Please reference case number 1405490.
Laura Pinon’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/laura.pinon.73
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