Cecil Knutson and Dianna Bedwell: Missing after going to Valley View Casino FOUND

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS from family)

Read this story about lack of cell phone coverage where they were found.

UPDATE  6/4/15 –  In an odd twist to this case, infamous LA attorney Gloria Allred. has been hired by Dianna.

Allred herself said that there was quite a few things that needed investigated but did not say much more than that reported KMIR-TV.

“The truth is something she’ll share when it’s time for her, when she’s ready to speak,” Allred said referring to her client. “I’m hoping one day everyone will know what a hero she is.”

Allred went on to say that, Dianna wanted everyone to know what happened.  That’s fine but why does she need a lawyer to do that.  Is there a pending suit to follow?

“She knows I represent victims and she is a victim, but I found as a result of my visit with her today she’s also a hero,” Allred said.

Assuming this will turn into a lawsuit, what will it be based on?  If you look back over the case you will see that they had a two cell phones with them, according to their son. There was no GPS in the car but according to the PI Bill Garcia there was a road atlas in the car.

“My mom’s phone was shut off fairly quickly after leaving the casino.” About 15 minutes later Cecil’s phone shut off as they drove on Highway 15 near Deer Springs Road. “My mom doesn’t turn her phone off, my dad doesn’t turn his phone off.

You can lose cell service in that area, but you regain it as you travel on 15, and I can only guess they never regained it as they were traveling in the opposite direction, or both phones went dead.  It’s not uncommon for the battery life to drop substantially when you are in a remote area as the phone uses more of its battery.   I can only assume that is what happened with the two phones but you can’t help but wonder why they didn’t have a charger with them.  They had taken this trip many, many times before.  They were planning on going to their son’s home, why didn’t they have a cell phone charger in the car?

Dianna was transferred to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs to be closer to her family and then to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage and now she is in an undisclosed location in Palm Springs according to Allred.  Why undisclosed?  Why name all the other hospitals but go mum on this one.

Whatever it is Dianna and Paul’s grandaughter is not happy and may know exactly what is going on:

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This was posted by Kristen on Facebook

The scuttlebutt is Acosta is behind the hiring of Allred.

UPDATE:  5/25/15 – Paul was found dead and his wife was still alive at the Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley at the Lost Valley Boy Scout Camp at Chihuahua Valley Road in the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Dianna was suffering from dehydration.  Both had diabetes and needed insulin daily.  A police statement release says:

On May 24th at about 2:30 p.m. off-road enthusiast traveling in a very remote area of northeastern San Diego County happened upon a vehicle that was stranded along a dirt road. When they investigated closer, they discovered an elderly couple inside the vehicle.  The Hyundai Sonata was at the bottom of the hill with the nose down in the dirt and the wheels buried in the ground.   The male occupant was deceased but the female occupant, who has been confirmed to be Dianna Bedwell, was found alive but in serious condition. The off-roaders contacted the Los Coyotes Tribal authorities who in turn responded to the vehicle and assisted in the rescue of the female passenger and called for the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. Bedwell was evacuated to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. Sheriff’s homicide investigators responded to the hospital and were able to obtain a brief statement from Bedwell. The preliminary investigation indicates that the couple became lost soon after leaving the casino while attempting to find a shortcut to their ultimate destination. They remained with their vehicle until ultimately found.

UPDATE  5/21/15 – Paul’s daughter is asking for financial help to pay for gas and even gas for an airplane to search for Paul and Dianna.  Click here if you can help.

UPDATE 5/12/15 – Dianna’s son, Robert Acosta stated:  “My mom’s phone was shut off fairly quickly after leaving the casino.” About 15 minutes later their dad’s phone was shut off as they drove on Highway 15 near Deer Springs Road. “My mom doesn’t turn her phone off, my dad doesn’t turn his phone off. They don’t call me without saying hey we’re leaving the casino now,” he said. The fact that they didn’t do that is an issue for us.”

Original story:  Cecil “Paul” Knutson and Dianna Bedwell are missing from San Diego County.  They were last seen leaving the Valley View Casino in Valley Center on Sunday, May 10 around 2 p.m.  They were planning on going to their son’s home in La Quinta but they never showed up.  They may be driving their 2014 white Hyndai Sonata with plates 7EHE981.  If you see them or the car, please call 858-565-5200.

What is interesting is their son Robert said they were suppose to be at his house for Mother’s Day, but they are shown leaving the casino at 2 p.m.  It would have taken them approximately 2 hours to get to their sons’ home and they were due to arrive at 4 p.m..  Most seniors want to be in their house before the sun goes down because their eyesight is limited.  They were also called punctual people by the family.

Posted by Dianna’s daughter, Kristin Smith who lives in Florida

“Father’s cell phone pinged off one tower at the casino and then another by the intersection of Deer Springs Road and I-15 in Escondido.”

“The (cell phone records) don’t make sense,” Smith said. “There are three paths he could have taken (to get to La Quinta)…. and Deer Springs has nothing to do with those paths, which is weird.”

Sylvia Likens’, Dianna’s sister, was murdered in Indiana 50 years ago when she was 16.  The 2007 movie, “An American Crime” was based on that crime where Gertrude Baniszewski, along with her children and two neighbors  tortured Sylvia till she died, after she was left in Gertrude’s care while Sylvia’s father traveled with a carnival to make money to support his family with his concession stand.  Dianna was 18 at the time and was married.  Her other two brothers were living with their grandparents.  Paula Baniszewski, Gertrude’s daughter, was working as a teacher’s aide under the name of Paula Pace in 2012.  Her true identity was found out and she was let go from the job.

 

Dianna and Cecil were bus drivers and retired and moved to Orange County. 

Robert Acosta, Dianna and Cecil’s son is a former San Diego police officer and he and his wife, Monique were “convicted of damaging their foreclosed home” in Riverside Count in 2012, reports ABC 10. They filed an appeal in May 2014 but it was denied.  They were sentenced to 270 days each in jail and 5 years probation.

A court document stated:

“From early June through June 14, when defendants moved out, they seriously damaged the property. Monique cut down a tree in the back yard and pushed it into the swimming pool. Both defendants pulled up plants in the back yard. Inside the house, there was spray paint on the walls. Monique put black dye on the master bathroom grout. In order to bring a heavy bar down from the upstairs game room, Robert and a neighbor used a sledgehammer to pull out wrought iron posts from the staircase. While defendants were at home, someone used the sledgehammer to tear apart or demolish a whirlpool hot tub in the back yard. Stonework between the swimming pool and the whirlpool hot tub was damaged and removed. In the kitchen, the cabinet doors, drawers, countertops, and appliances were removed. Wooden beams attached to the ceiling of the entryway were removed. Half of the rock facing on the house was gone and the rocks were lying on the ground. The garage door and the entry gate were gone. Defendants moved things out of the house into storage pods. A big semi-truck also moved things away from the house.”  

 Robert who was hired by the SDPD in 1998 resigned after his arrest.  

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