Missing Person

Help Identify Baby Doe

Up to $1000 Reward

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San Diego County Crime Stoppers, along with investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit, are asking for the public’s help in finding out what happened to Baby Doe. 

On May 4, 2004 two hikers found skeletal remains on a hiking trail in Rancho Bernardo. Forensic testing indicates the remains are that of a 2 to 4-year-old boy probably born sometime between 1999 and 2001. Baby Doe’s features are consistent with being mostly Caucasian and is believed to have had light to medium brown hair. 

Additionally, isotopic testing indicates it is likely that Baby Doe was born on the mainland United States. During a portion of her pregnancy, Baby Doe’s mother likely resided in the Southeastern region of the United States where Baby Doe may have spent his first year of life before migrating westward toward California. 

The image above of Baby Doe was developed by a forensic artist with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The clothing items featured were found with Baby Doe. 

Anyone with information on what happened to Baby Doe is asked to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. Detectives are asking for information that helps identify Baby Doe and/or his biological parents and information that also helps detectives figure out what happened to Baby Doe. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered if information provided leads to a felony arrest. 

Sheriff’s Homicide Detail to Hold Press Conference Reference the Disappearance of Maria Elena Guzman-Cordova; She’s Been Missing Since October 13, 2017

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San Diego County Crime Stoppers along with investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff Department’s Homicide Detail are still asking for the public’s help in finding Maria Elena Guzman-Cordova. 

Maria Elena Guzman-Cordova is missing under suspicious circumstances. On October 13, 2017, at about 9:00 p.m., Maria Elena Guzman-Cordova left her residence, located at 1610 North Santa Fe Avenue #38 in the City of Vista. She was last seen on foot wearing a pink or black shirt and black yoga pants. Maria Elena did not take any personal items with her or told anyone where she was going.  Maria Elena Guzman-Cordova may suffer from depression. 

The Sheriff’s Homicide detail will hold a press conference today, September 27, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Headquarters building, located at 9621 Ridgehaven Court, San Diego. 

Homicide Lt. Rich Williams will be speaking at the press conference along with Sgt. Alejandro Navarro who will give Spanish interviews. Maria Elena’s family will also be in attendance. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Maria Elena Cordova-Guzman is asked to call the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Detail at (858) 974- 2321 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Information on how to send anonymous emails and mobile app tips can be found on our website www.sdcrimestoppers.org. 

  • Media inquiries about this case can be directed to Lt. Rich Williams at (858) 285-6326 or email at Richard.Williams@sdsheriff.org 

  • Media inquiries about Crime Stoppers can be directed to Deputy Adriana Uribe at (619) 531-1547 or email at adriana.uribe@sdsheriff.org or Officer Mark Herring at (619) 531-1500 or email at msherring@pd.sandiego.gov. 

Increased Reward Offered for Missing Person Jose Alberto Ortigoza

San Diego County Crime Stoppers and the San Diego Police Department Missing Persons Unit continue to look for leads to help locate missing person Jose Alberto Ortigoza.  The family and friends of Mr. Ortigoza have increased the reward to $5,000 for any information that may lead to his whereabouts.  Jose Ortigoza - similar vehicle Jose Ortigoza

Mr. Ortigoza was last seen on January 24, 2014 at approximately 2:56 p.m. after entering the United States at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to conduct business on behalf of his employer, Especies y Granos de Baja California. It is believed Mr. Ortigoza may have been in a 2008 or later model GMC Acadia Crossover type vehicle.  Mr. Ortigoza has not been in contact with his family or his employer.

Mrs. Ortigoza along with Lt. Kevin Mayer will be available today (Feb 11) at 1:00 p.m. for media interviews in front of the SDPD Police Headquarters (1401 Broadway).

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jose Alberto Ortigoza is asked to call the San Diego Police Department Missing Persons Unit at (619) 531-2293 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com

Media inquiries should be directed to:

  • Questions regarding the investigation should be directed to Lt. Kevin Mayer at 619-531-2675
  • Questions regarding Crime Stoppers should be directed to Officer James Johnson at 619-531-1500 or Deputy Adriana Uribe at 619-531-1547.

For information leading to an arrest, you could receive up to a $10,000 reward and remain anonymous.  The qualification of any person(s) for the reward and the amount of the reward for any person(s) so qualifying will be determined by San Diego County Crime Stoppers, Inc, in its sole discretion.  The amount of all rewards given shall not exceed $10,000.  Information must be received on the tip line and lead to a felony arrest, (888) 580-8477.