Missing Person Deanna Brooks of Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ — Despite several searches of roadside stops on the way to San Diego, 70-year-old Deanna Brooks of Santa Cruz remained missing Thursday.

Brooks, who works at Attilia’s Antiques on Soquel Drive, planned to attend her mother’s 90th birthday party in San Diego on Aug. 25. She typically drives to San Diego three to four times a year and takes Highway 1, said Brooks’ son, Stirling Flynn.


When Brooks did not arrive and family members were unable to reach her, they reported her missing.

“She’s never disappeared before,” Flynn said. “I don’t see a good outcome in this.”

Brooks is diabetic and on medications, and Flynn said he feared she had a seizure.

Family members on Thursday said they hoped to gain access to more of Brooks’ bank records to trace potential purchases since her disappearance. She withdrew cash Aug. 23, Flynn said.

Meanwhile, her friends and co-workers at Attilia’s worried.

“It’s been so many days now that it’s scary,” said Mary Milligan, a co-worker.

“We’ve really been putting the word out, spreading it all over.”

Brooks’ youngest son, 49-year-old Taylor Flynn of Santa Cruz, apparently was the last person to see her when he visited Brooks at her Berkeley Way home the night of Aug. 23.

Police described Brooks as a white woman about 5 feet 3 inches tall. She has brown hair and green eyes and walks with a walker, friends said.

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