Maribel Manriquez Ramos,36,a prominent US Army veteran of Korea and Iraq,went missing last Thursday,May 2 in Orange County,California.The former sergeant was to graduate from Cal State Fullerton with a criminal justice degree in a few weeks' time.
Ms.Ramirez,five feet two inches tall and 130 pounds,was last seen on a surveillance video paying her apartment rent.She shared the apartment with a male who described her as his best friend and submitted his DNA sample to police.
She had served in the Army for eight years,including two tours in the Iraq War,and was to be honoured and speak at a Cal State Fullerton veterans appreciation dinner on Saturday.Regarded as an excellent student,her family is extremely concerned as the disappearance is so out of character for her.
Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following her discharge,she had just returned from a speaking engagement in Chicago the day before her disappearance and was also to participate in a radio chat show.
Ramirez has two tattoos:a star on her left shoulder and an Aztec or tribal symbol on her lower back.She has shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Ramirez is asked to call Detective Ramirez at 714-744-7313 or Orange Police Watch Commander at 714-744-7313.