Mariposa Gazette

Week 7: Wendy Pullins disappearance remains a local mysteryFree Access

More than half a million people went missing in the United States last year.

At 521,705 cases, according to Statista Research, it was the lowest number of missing person reports filed in the country since 1990.

But that’s no consolation for the family of missing Ahwahnee grandmother Wendy Pullins, or that of anyone else who is still missing.

Wendy, 57, is described as having brown hair and eyes, and being 5’ 4” tall. She’s been missing for seven weeks as authorities continue to encourage anyone with information to come forward.

Pullins was believed to be at the home of a friend on Stumpfield Mountain Road in Mariposa County when she sent her last known text message the night of June 14. The friend has been identified by Pullins’ family as Norma Allen.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is the primary agency in the investigation into Wendy’s disappearance, as they and detectives with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office continue to follow leads in the search for the missing woman.

The sheriff’s office said last week their investigation revealed Wendy did leave the house on Stumpfield, though it was unknown where she went from there.

Wendy’s red Jeep is also missing. The vehicle is described as a red 1991 Jeep Cherokee, CA license plate 2XIF957.

“Search efforts are ongoing,” a spokesperson for the department confirmed last week, saying they had recently flown the area again with no results.

Authorities said there is no evidence to indicate foul play or kidnapping at this time. Phone records, MCSO said, have been inconclusive. There were no persons of interest identified at this time.

But law enforcement continues to seek the public’s help.

Information can be called into the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 675-7770 or the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 966-3615. Tips may also be emailed to

Anonymous tips may also be made through Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867) or by texting “TipMaderaSO” followed by your message to 888777.

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