The day was just supposed to be a normal shopping trip for Maricela Garcia and her younger sister Sarah. But the evening quickly turned into something much more sinister.
"My gorgeous, talented, tender-hearted daughter reduced to one word: Case," Maricela's mother, also named Maricela, wrote in a public plea for help on Facebook. "I need to know what is happening. I'm so lost without my Maricela."
Maricela was out in Reseda, California with Sarah, hunting for bargains at a local Goodwill store the evening of January 12. The story goes that Maricela told Sarah she was headed outside to smoke a cigarette and would return shortly. Surveillance video shows the 26-year-old walking out of the store at 7:22 p.m.
Maricela never came back.
Sarah found her sister's locked, tan BMW in the parking lot of a neighboring dollar store. Her purse was left inside. Her cell phone, which was not in the purse, was either turned off or had lost its charge.
"People are saying she probably just walked off, which isn't the case," Misti Patten, who is working on behalf of Maricela's family, told Dateline. "There is much more to this than just that."
The fear that something more frightening may be going on stems from what family members say happened next. As Maricela's sister Sarah was out searching that night, she walked into the nearby chapel of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.
"Two women there told her they think they saw a woman resembling Maricela inside the church not too long before," Misti Patten told Dateline. "They said she quickly stormed out and looked pretty upset and worried about something."
Authorities with the Los Angeles Police Department are investigating, but officials have said they do not suspect foul play at this time. It's a statement Maricela's family adamantly rejects. They admit Maricela is not a perfect person, but say she would never do anything like this.
Several searches have been conducted, including one last Saturday led by the organization Search Dogs 24/7, a volunteer group working with the families of missing persons across the southwest United States. According to Misti, several of the dogs alerted to Maricela's scent in a number of areas, one specifically near a dumpster by the Goodwill store where Maricela and her sister had been shopping. That's where searchers reportedly located a choker necklace family members say belongs to Maricela.
Authorities were called in and collected the necklace and a few other items of possible interest, family members said. But Maricela's loved ones are pleading for the police to do more. In a letter posted to Facebook on Monday, Maricela's mother urged the LAPD to gather surveillance video that may paint a clearer picture of what happened that night. They believe someone was following Maricela.
This case was sent to me by a reader and I encourage anyone who has a case that they would like to see here to send it to me via my Facebook page. Not every case is viable and many do not have reliable time lines but leave that to me and don't discount a case just because you are missing information. Sometimes it can be found online so send it along. Likewise, you cannot expect that the case will end up here. It depends on many factors.
This case did not stand out for me at first. I looked at the charts and just did not get an immediate read. It took me a few months of study to get this one done and I apologize to those who were waiting to see what the charts reveal. I am ready to show you now what they are and how I read them.
The first chart was done for the time she left the store to smoke. You can see the first house ruler, the Sun, conjoined Pluto in the fifth. Pluto rules the fourth so this shows us her current location and this planet usually describes chaos and disturbing situations but also describes dirty places. This probably describes the dumpster outside where her necklace was found. So she was smoking somewhere around there? Anyways, the seventh house ruler is in the ninth and describes this person she meets out there. Uranus describes someone unusual and extraordinary in some manner, both good and bad while Aries shows someone who is aggressive, energetic and acting in their own self interest. Uranus in Aries in some cases describes a criminal or a person who is "hiding" from the law.
Anyways, Uranus is square to the Sun so they "bump" into each other. She may have recoiled (Uranus square Pluto) and her repulsion may have angered this person, who is mostly likely a male (Aries being masculine). The ninth house may describe an immigrant, a transient (or vagrant) or a student. Perhaps a foreign exchange student. At the same time, Neptune and Venus in Pisces are in the seventh sector which may show drug or alcohol abuse. This placement may also describe a vehicle of some sort that he was driving at the time.
Also note that the fifth house can describe shops and stores, especially those with clothing or cosmetics. We know she was shopping in Goodwill that day. Saturn also in the fifth may describe cheaper items, used items or antiques.
I believe another important marker here is the disposition of Uranus by Mars in eighth. This person may have committed crimes in the past, most likely violent crimes. His intentions were not good.
It is not exceptionally clear but I believe this chart shows the abduction. You see the Moon, her secondary ruler, in the twelfth with Saturn moving into the fourth which indicates confinement. Mars has moved into the seventh sector, showing an expression of aggression or even violence. Venus and Mars rule the tenth / fourth house axis, showing a new location. I beleive, although again I must express it is not explicitly clear, that she was pushed into the trunk of his car. She was locked down into the trunk and this is where she was confined and abducted.
Her family believes she was followed somehow and this may be true. She may even have been stalked considering the node in the first. This shows us that she has been to that location in the past and was familiar with the area. She may have been targeted because he had seen her before. I am not sure, but this is possible.
I believe this chart shows continued confinement at a remote location. The first house ruler in the fourth with Saturn. This location is defined by Jupiter in Libra so it is expansive, airy, probably in a populated area. Jupiter is disposed of by Venus in the sixth with Neptune so this is a place where business is conducted, a business involving women (Venus) and, since the sixth house ruler is in the eighth house, it also involves sex and is probably illegal. I have several of these cases in my files right now with women disappearing under similar circumstances and I think they are related to trafficking. I think Marciela was kidnapped and is being trafficked. The fourth house ruler is in the second, after all, showing income from this practice.
The secondary chart ruler, the Moon, is in the eleventh house, showing casual sexual contact with strangers. Because of Uranus in the eighth this is unusual sex or perversion.
Further enlightenment in this chart has the seventh house ruler, Neptune, in the sixth in Pisces and inconjunct to the Moon. This tells us a few things. They take pictures or make movies. They drug the women (Neptune conjoined Venus) and Marciela is having a hard time, maybe even an adverse reaction, to these drugs. Another scary marker is Uranus in the seventh disposed of by Mars in the sixth. They will take unusual steps to control the women, often violent and dangerous actions. The first house ruler, Mercury, trine the node tells me that Marciela is exactly the kind of woman they are looking for. This is probably why she was stalked.
This chart is from an earlier hour but it clearly shows us her abductor. Again, you can see here the seventh house ruler, Uranus, in the ninth which describes most likely a foreigner who has been in trouble with the law and has violent tendencies. Also probably a drug dependancy. The tenth house ruler angular in the seventh with Neptune tells me this behavior is related to his "career" or business. He does this to get money for drugs. He may not be the actual moviemaker or trafficker and his role may be simply to bring them women.
Uranus in Aries describes someone tall and thin with an unusual appearance, perhaps a mark on the face. Uranus square the Sun tells me he is not someone Marciela would have been attracted to, in fact, he may be frightening to her. Uranus trine Saturn in the fourth shows that his residence (if you can call it that) is run down, dirty and old and may even be a homeless camp because it appears to be outdoors. This person probably hangs around places like the Goodwill because these charities give services and aid to people who are struggling. This person is struggling. Also, another marker is the tenth house ruler, Venus, together with Neptune in Pisces in the seventh house...this may give us more clues about the location and appearance of this "home". There are other people living there, perhaps also drug users, so this may be a crackhouse or communal home of some sort. It may even be a shelter. Pluto in Capricorn ruling the fourth with Saturn in the fourth, look for a place that is very run down, old and shabby and maybe even near a swampy area with lots of insect activity.
This person is connected with others, either involved in the same activity or not and it is very possible that anyone aware of what he is doing may share it with other people. In this manner, he may eventually be caught.
There are no markers at this time showing Marciela to be dead. This does not mean she will not be killed in the future but, at the time of these charts, she was still alive. There are also no markers indicating that she will not be found so there is a good chance that she will come to light, dead or alive, in the future.