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SDSO, Family Renews Search for Vista Woman Missing Under ‘Suspicious' Circumstances

Crime Stoppers offered up to $1000 in cash for any information that leads to an arrest in Maria Elena Guzman-Cordova's disappearance.

Nearly a year after her disappearance, authorities have renewed the search for a Vista mother who went missing under "suspicious" circumstances.

Maria Elena Guzman-Cordova, 38, was last seen leaving her home on North Santa Fe Avenue the night of Oct. 13. Her family reported her missing the following day.

Her family joined the San Diego Sherrif's Department at a press conference Thursday to call for a renewal in the search for the missing mother. 

Investigators said Guzman-Cordova was on foot when she was last seen on October 13, and did not take her cell phone or wallet with her. The woman’s family told investigators she suffers from depression and doesn’t have her medication.

Deputies have searched surrounding neighborhoods for the mother and checked local hospitals, to no avail. Her family has also searched all over San Diego but, still, no sign of Guzman-Cordova.

On Thursday, SDSO Lt. Rich Williams said in the near-year since her disappearance, their department has had no leads.

"It’s odd that someone would go missing under these circumstances, without taking a phone without taking their personal belongings, we’re definitely concerned, Maria’s family is concerned," Williams said. 

San Diego County Crime Stoppers and homicide detectives with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) have offered up to $1000 in cash for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Cordova is described as 5-feet-tall and 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black leggings and a black shirt.

Anyone with information on Guzman-Cordova’s whereabouts was asked to call SDSO Homicide Detail at (858)974-2321. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477, or online at The case number is 17153719.

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