UPDATED: HEMET: Missing woman found safe, returned to family

UPDATE: May 4, 6 p.m.

HEMET – Sheriff’s officials announced they located a Hemet resident who had been reported missing the previous day.

“Hartzler was reunited with her family,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Duckett said in a written follow-up Thursday, May 4.

“Deputies from the Hemet Sheriff Station located Stephanie Hartzler in the area of State Street and the Ramona Expressway in the City of San Jacinto,” Duckett explained. “Hartzler was unharmed and appeared not to have been a victim of any crime.”

 

ORIGINAL STORY

HEMET – Sheriff’s officials are seeking the public’s help locating an “at-risk” missing person. The Hemet resident was reported missing by her family Wednesday, May 3. Authorities believe the victim may be in the company of her ex-husband and a phone call the victim made to her daughter led officials to list the woman as “at risk.”

The search and investigation into 46-year-old, Stephanie Hartzler’s disappearance began earlier today when deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Hemet Station responded to a report of a missing person, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Duckett explained in a written press release.

During their initial investigation, deputies learned Hartzler “called her adult daughter stating she was with her ex-husband,” Duckett explained. “Hartzler said she was in danger and to come find her.”

Officials identified Kenneth Biggs, 37, of Hemet, as Hartzler’s ex-husband and began to search for Hartzler and Biggs.

Hartzler was last seen in her white, 2009 Honda Accord, CA license 6GIC627.
Hartzler was last seen in her white, 2009 Honda Accord, CA license 6GIC627.

Authorities conducted an “extensive search” throughout the area for Hartzler, Biggs and her vehicle, described as a white, 2009 Honda Accord, Duckett explained. Hartzler was last seen in the Hemet area in her car, which has a California license plate of 6GIC627.

Stephanie Hartzler's daughter, Nicole Hartzler, began to circulate information about here missing mother this morning. Facebook image
Stephanie Hartzler’s daughter, Nicole Hartzler, began to circulate information about here missing mother this morning. Facebook image

Despite their efforts, sheriff’s officials were not able to locate Biggs or Hartzler.

Word about Hartzler’s disappearance began to spread throughout the community this morning, after the missing woman’s daughter, Nicole Hartzler, posted a request for information about the missing woman on social media.

Throughout the day, people posted possible leads, well-wishes and prayers for Nicole and her mother. Some people addressed Biggs directly, pleading for Hartzler’s quick and safe return to her family.

By the end of the evening, no new information or updates had been provided.

This investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about Hartzler’s disappearance is encouraged to contact Investigator Janecka at the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at (951) 791-3400. Callers can refer to incident file number D17123022 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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