Woman who disappeared in Sierra foothills is now thought to be a homicide victim

Wendy Pullins went missing last year, and her Jeep was found with blood in it

Wendy Pullins, who went missing on what was supposed to be a short drive in the Sierra Nevada foothills more than a year ago, is believed to have been killed, according to investigators.

Pullins, 57, went missing on June 18, 2022, three days after driving away from her Ahwahnee home. She was reportedly on her way to Mariposa, about 25 miles away, to register her vehicle, and planned to spend the night at a friend’s house on Stumpfield Mountain Road, which runs between the two cities.

Her cellphone location showed she left a friend’s house, but she never arrived at the Department of Motor Vehicles, according to the Mariposa County sheriff’s office.

Her Jeep Cherokee was discovered down a steep embankment in a remote area of Mariposa County on September 8, 2022, according to the sheriff’s office. The blood found in the car was identified as Pullins’.

“Because of the length of time since Wendy was reported missing, the condition of the vehicle, and the blood found inside the vehicle,” the sheriff’s office said in a release on Tuesday.

The location of the Jeep has not been revealed by the office. Although it was described as red in the initial missing-persons notice, the recovered vehicle is green.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (209) 966-3615 or send an email to sheriff@mariposacounty.org.

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