Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Maria Pomona Cruz Estrada

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Maria Pomona Cruz Estrada, a 66-year-old tourist who disappeared from the Mojave National Preserve in San Bernardino County, California in 2008.

Maria is from the Philippines and was visiting relatives in the U.S. when she went missing. She went hiking in the preserve with a partner, and they separated and were going to meet up later, but Maria never showed up.

I think it’s a bad idea to EVER go hiking alone in a wilderness area, particularly if you’re not familiar with it, which Maria presumably was not. Sadly she probably got lost and died horribly in the desert.

4 thoughts on “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Maria Pomona Cruz Estrada

  1. Ivana May 23, 2018 / 7:20 am

    Why would you ever separate from your companion when hiking a desert without water? Who was that companion of hers? this looks very suspicious to me

    • Meaghan May 23, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      I had thought as much, when I heard human remains had turned up there. Poor girl.

      • marsyao May 23, 2018 / 8:14 pm

        Yeah, at least her family could bring her home and give her a proper burial, Ihope LE would find out the cause of death, if she was murdered, then her murderer should be brought to justice

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