UPDATE, NOV 2017: A body matching that of Sandy Giles has been found. See the separate article on the discovery HERE.
UPDATE: It’s been over 2 months since Sandy went missing. There’s still no better information on what may have happened to her.
UPDATE: Any new updates can be found at the Help Find Sandy Giles Facebook page, which is being run by Cal Advocates for the Missing, a nonprofit organization working with private investigators on Sandy’s case. Visit the page at the link for more.
UPDATE: A search party of concerned locals is being organized for Saturday morning at 6am. If you’d like to help with an off-road vehicle, drone or on foot, meet at the first wash past the Earp Post Office at 6am on May 27th.
A 44 year old woman from Maplesville, Alabama who went missing in the Parker area almost two weeks ago has still not been found.
Sandy Giles had been on a cross-country road trip to California with her former sister-in-law “to see her brother in the hospital”, and had planned to drive back home over Mother’s Day weekend, according to her son Troy. She was last heard from while at a gas station in the tiny town of Essex, CA off I-40 west of Needles, where she had been adding fuel.
Her car – a 2013 Silver Dodge Avenger – was found abandoned in a wash (pictured) near Earp, CA, just across the river from the town of Parker, AZ. Several locals contacted Parker Live saying they had seen the vehicle but didn’t know who it belonged to. Sandy had no known ties to the Parker area, and has not been seen in the area otherwise.
Helicopters have reportedly been used to search surrounding desert with no result. The car was towed away, still locked, and the family was allowed to open it Thursday after arriving in Parker to search.
“Her purse, all bags and suitcases, shoes, makeup bag, license, registration, birth certificate, cell phone, Bible, journal, inhalers, and any other little thing was still in the car,” according to a Facebook post by members of Sandy’s family.
Her phone held no clues either, with no recent calls or messages revealing any new information.
“No clue on txt, recent calls, facebook, snapchat, instagram or any other app on her phone. We are literally back to square one and have no concrete evidence of anyone seeing her or that she has even been here at all. Our hearts are breaking and we do not know where to go from here.”
One thing apparently left behind was one of Sandy’s flip-flops, found around 20 yards from the car close to a bush. It isn’t known why she pulled over. It’s possible she ran out of gas, but because the key is not in the car, the family were unable to easily check the level in the tank.
“We went to where her car was found as soon as we got here and we searched the area until we couldn’t take the heat any longer. We found her flip flop about 20 yards from the car close to a bush she may have been sitting under for shade and a few barefoot prints are the only evidence of her being there.”
Sandy used her Facebook page to report periodically while on her route from Alabama to California, with posts indicating her locations:
- Monday, May 8th – Pulaski, Arkansas
- Tuesday, May 9th at 9:21am – Vega, Texas
- Tuesday, May 9th at 4:36pm – Continental Divide, New Mexico
- Wednesday, May 10th, Bakersfield, California
- Thursday, May 11th, Marysville, California
Marysville is north of Sacramento, around 10 hours’ drive north from Parker, AZ. According to Sandy’s daughter Kendal, she stayed a couple of days and then abruptly left in the middle of the night.
“She called my brother when she got to Essex, CA on May 13th and told him she was coming home and would be there by Monday, May 15th,” Kendal told Parker Live. “She said she would need him to send her money when she got closer to Texas and no one has heard from her since. The car was tagged by California Highway Patrol May 15th in [Earp]. We believe she was coming through Parker to get on 10 to take the lower route home and possibly stop in Gulf Shores because she’s lived there before, but no-one from Alabama has talked to her.”
When asked if she thought something went wrong in Marysville, Kendal said she thinks so, but she doesn’t know for sure.
“We talked to her [former sister-in-law] and they have been questioned by police and said they didn’t know of anything happening to make her leave but they were asleep when she left,” she said. “It is very odd, especially since we haven’t talked to her. The longest I’ve ever went without talking to her is a week but my brother talks to her almost everyday and we just don’t understand why she hasn’t called or tried to get help.”
On Facebook, the family sounded despondent.
“I would give anything in this world to be able to tell everyone that we found her safe and sound and are heading home but that is not the case at all. We do not even know where to go from this point.”
If anybody believes they may have seen Sandy, or has any information on where she may have gone, please contact San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.