Sheriff’s detectives are beginning their search for a 35-year-old woman who has not been seen for more than a week after she allegedly checked herself out of a crisis center using a false name.
Nicole Hunter was last seen on March 8 when San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies took her to a local crisis center on Bear Valley Road, Nicole Hunter’s husband Kenneth Hunter told the Daily Press on Monday. According to Kenneth Hunter, Nicole was “very distraught” after her grandmother’s death on March 5 and a recent miscarriage. Kenneth Hunter also said his wife is on medications for a heart condition and mental health issues.
“She had a miscarriage a month and a half ago, and then her grandmother died. She was very close to her grandmother,” her husband of eight months said. “On (March 8) she took a nap, woke up and started pacing and going crazy. I called the Sheriff’s Department and they said this was a crisis and she had to go to the crisis center. She went, and checked herself out.”
Kenneth Hunter said she checked herself out of the center later March 8 under a fake name: Christina Francis.
Walk-in center officials said that, since the center is an outpatient facility, “whatever name (the patient) gives us when they come in, is the name they leave with on our records.”
Kenneth said Nicole has left for a few days before but would always stay in contact.
“She then walked out the door and has not been seen or heard from since,” Kenneth Hunter said. “Her family and friends are at a loss; this is nothing like Nicole at all.”
Sheriff’s officials said a missing person report has been filed with the Victorville Sheriff’s Station. The case is being handed over to detectives, but there is “not much to go on,” Sheriff’s Sgt, Dave Burgess said.
Meanwhile, Kenneth said Nicole’s 18-year-old son has been “scouring” downtown Victorville for signs of Nicole, and flyers have been posted from Barstow to Phelan.
“It is like she just vanished,” Kenneth Hunter said. “There are have been multiple people out looking for her day and night … still nothing. We have checked hospitals, clinics, and police stations. She is very much loved and missed and needs to come home or the hospital as soon as possible.”
Nicole Hunter’s disappearance marks the third woman with local ties who has gone missing this month. Sahray Barber, a 22-year-old student at The Art Institute-Inland Empire in San Bernardino who graduated from Excelsior, went missing March 9. She was last seen leaving for work that morning, and her laptop and cellphone were found in bushes near her San Bernardino apartment. Search parties have also been sweeping Lucerne and Apple valleys after 29-year-old Lucerne Valley woman, Krystie Stuart, went missing March 2. None of the women have been found yet.
Anyone with information about any of the missing women is urged to contact local law enforcement officials.