It hasn’t been in the headlines lately, but there is an open Orange County missing persons case that I’d like to post about. 27-year-old Erica Alonso disappeared on Valentine’s Day. As of yet, no one has seen Erica or her vehicle.
Representatives from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department have said they can’t yet classify the disappearance as a crime. Right now this is a missing persons case, and adults are allowed to go missing if they choose. However, there seem to be a number of strange events surrounding this case that could well indicate that something else happened to Erica.
Erica and her boyfriend spent most of their Valentine’s evening at the Sutra Lounge, a popular nightclub located in Costa Mesa. At the time, nothing seemed to be out of place or out of sorts. Erica made friends with another couple at the nightclub, and later that evening, that couple drove Erica and her boyfriend to his apartment located in Irvine. They arrived at around 1:30 AM.
The couple stayed in the apartment with Erica and her boyfriend for about two hours. They told the police that they left around 3:30 AM when Erica and her boyfriend began to argue. They also told the police that they had no idea what the two were arguing about at the time. The boyfriend (who has not been named and has not spoken publicly) said that Erica left on her own about 15 minutes later.
That was the last time she was seen, and there has been no activity on her phone or her social media sites since.
Police say that the boyfriend is cooperating with them.
Erica’s family is naturally worried. They say that she’s gone off on her own before for a day or two, but that she’s always contacted them to let them know. The fact that all of her activity stopped on Sunday morning is what has everyone so concerned.
Investigators feel that the key to finding out what happened could lie with her vehicle, a 2014 Honda Civic EX (license plate 7FSS563). They believe that if they find the car, they will find her.
Recently, some new information has come to light. According to court records, Erica was the subject of a restraining order for committing domestic violence against her boyfriend – the same man she was with on Valentine’s Day – last November. She was charged with a domestic violence misdemeanor on November 4th. The case against her was dropped. Her boyfriend dropped charges a week before Erica disappeared.
Members of Erica’s family say that he was an ex-boyfriend and that he and Erica had been trying to work on fixing their relationship for several years. Police say that the boyfriend is not a suspect in the case.
It’s rarely true that adults decide to pick up and start a new life. Most spend some time away from their current problems and visit friends. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case here, as no one claims to have seen Erica, and it is unlikely that she would willingly put her family through this type of pain. Police say there is no indication of a crime being committed, and time will tell.
If you have any information you believe can assist with this case, contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000.