|Robin holds up a photo of her mom, Cloudia|
Since this post a lot of great things have been happening to help find Cloudia.
UPDATE: 2/16/15 – Robin is off today to drive to Calif. She was interviewed by the local news and she said the most precious words ever that reveals her quest: “I know my mom loves me, but she doesn’t know I love her.”
Note from Robin this morning, and now her story is going National:
Robin told me that she will be going to California mid February to look for her mom with a friend. Before she left, she was interviewed by several local news stations who wanted to know more about her story.
Also, partly because of Cloudia’s story and also because of Jason DeAlba’s story I decided to start a new Facebook page called Missing and Homeless in America. This page is bringing attention to a lot of people that the homeless can also be missing. There have been cases of veteran’s with PST and people with mental issues wandering the streets not even remembering their family is looking for them. There is also cases of people who have suffered a car accident and it caused brain injury and they didn’t know how to get back home. Please take a few minutes and visit the page, so you can look at all the faces and maybe you will recognize someone.
We will be back here next week to update how Robin’s journey to find her mom went, and you know we will be the first in line cheering her on and hoping for a reunion.
Original story: A police officer with the San Diego Police Dept. shows her rude attitude to a woman that is searching for her missing mother.
Robin Wells Burton has been desperately trying to find her mother, Cloudia Leslie Wells who went missing in San Diego in 1995, but was last seen in 1998 at the YWCA in San Diego to take a bus to the VA for a doctor’s appointment, and has not been seen since, as reported by NAMUS. Cloudia was diagnosed with schizophrenia, says Robin. Click here to read the full story about Cloudia by the Metro Independent.
Robin was 23 when her mom disappeared. Robin has been very active on social media, created a Facebook page for her mother, and has been tireless trying to keep her mother’s story alive. After all these years she thinks she may have found her mother after seeing a photograph of a homeless woman in the LA Times, “Santa Monica Homeless Population drops 3.5% Over 2 Years,” in February 2014.
|Photo ran with the LA Times article|
Robin called the LA Times to ask them about the photo and found out that the photo was taken by a reporter in 2013 in the Santa Monica area. The name the person in the photo gave was not Wells, but Robin did find out that the name the woman gave was false. Robin’s friend followed up by calling a Santa Monica homeless shelter and found out her mom had checked in as Leslie C. Wells and used her social security number in 2013, the same time that the photo was taken by the LA Times.
Robin found that her mom was put into the NCIC database with wrong information, in particular her mom’s name. For those that are not familiar with NCIC, it is a database that law enforcement use. So, when you get pulled over for a ticket or stopped jaywalking for example, when the police take your driver’s license they are running it through the NCIC database to find out if you have a warrant or a missing person, among other things.
The birth date was also wrong. Since there are no photos with NCIC only data, the wrong information would mean if they stopped her mom, they would not know they had a person that was missing.
Robin tells me that she admits she was upset a few weeks back because she could not get the missing person unit to call her back and out of frustration left an angry message and said, “This is my mom, she is a missing person, you need to call me back.”
Still, after receiving no phone call she decides to call the main San Diego Police Dept. number and asks to talk to the police chief. A woman answers the phone and Robin assumes it is the police chief.
“I explain what has happened and her NCIC number needs changed and that Det. Luna never returns phone calls.”
Robin is surprised to find out that Det. Luna has not been with the department for over a year.
Robin, then felt the need to tell more of the story, “I proceed to try to tell her about the picture in the LA Times, the Chief replies then she’s not missing, a person missing is someone that has vanished off the face of the earth and u don’t know where their at,” posted Robin on her Facebook page.
Robin at this point is pretty much speechless and simply asks that the police chief to please change her mom’s name in NCIC.
Robin is told that they are taking the information to the missing person unit as they are speaking, and it would be taken care of.
“A hour later, I missed a call from the missing persons unit,” said Robin. “They leave a message. I call right back again I get the machine and ask someone to call me. This time I was nice. “
According to Robin, the Police officer assigned to Cloudia’s case, Det. Maura Mekenas-Parga did call back and what she had to say would make anyone’s mouth drop open.
The phone calls starts out very informative with the detective explaining that Cloudia’s name is cross-referenced by different names and birth dates, but then the detective’s attitude takes a turn and she ends with the following:
“I am the only detective for the whole city of San Diego and I will not be tolerated with you yelling at me. Do you understand me, I’m done with it.” Evidently, this is the response to the angry phone message that Robin had left two days prior.
The bullying tone in the phone call is apparent and it would make anyone think twice before calling in to ask for help on a missing person case.
The question remains, what is “the only detective for the whole city of San Diego” “done with”? Is it Robin’s phone calls or is it working on the case?
It would seem to me that any officer pulling up the case and reviewing it would see the last time the case was looked at was by a detective that had been gone from the department over a year ago, and would have had some understanding to why Robin was so angry.
Everyone searching for a missing loved one needs hope to keep going. To have that hope met with anything less than understanding by a police officer is a shame. To have that hope met without any constructed plan on going forward is laziness. To have that hope met with a rude phone call is inhumane.
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