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Unsolved Disappearance 

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April Pitzer Missing

April Beth Pitzer, 30, went missing from Newberry Springs, California on June 28, 2004. Newberry Springs is a small town in the desert with a population under 2,000.

April was living in Newberry Springs in 2004. She was last seen in the 30000 block of Caspian Way when a friend dropped her off at the local bus station to travel to Arkansas. She did not arrive in Arkansas and was never seen again. Her mother Gloria Denton, called one of April's friends and a police report was made on July 16, 2004.

April was a model and lived in Arkansas prior to her divorce. When she moved to California, she told her mother and friends that she worked as a waitress and cared for an elderly person. However, a couple of months later, she admitted lying. April admitted she was not taking her medication for bipolar disorder and was living in homeless shelters and on the street.

Eventually, April took a job as a caregiver near Newberry Springs and was trying to get back on her feet. That's when she decided to travel back to Arkansas, hoping to reconcile with her husband and see her children. 

Rumors started that April was hanging around some rough people who had drug involvement. There were also rumor that April had been murdered and thrown into a mine shaft. Investigators searched 25 mines but nothing was found. About eight months after her disappearance, an unidentified person in Mexico attempted to get a phone in April's name but that turned up nothing.

In 2005, police found some of April's belongings about 30 miles away in a remote mining of the Mohave Desert. 

April's suitcase and clothes were scatter around a 3-mile radius of the site. A nightgown was hanging in a mine shaft and investigators found pieces of duct tape too. Some items were found in a nearby mineshaft. A mattress with human blood and body fluids was also found, but had been exposed to the harsh weather for too long to be of use in the investigation. Gloria Denton has also conducted mine searches and traveled to California several times to search for her precious daughter. 

Gloria believes her daughter may have been the victim of a "hit," as she had served as an informant in a federal case out of Arkansas. Her evidence helped incarcerate a man for 7 years. She met the man's wife after moving to California and the woman knew the people April had been associating with.

Police say they have no suspects in April's case and no proof she had been murdered, but the investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone with information about the disappearance of April Beth Pitzer, please call the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department at 760-256-4838 or 909-387-3690.

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