Amysena Beatrice Chappell, age 18, went missing from Hawthorne, CA in early September, 2004.
It always perplexes, and annoys me, when a case is being investigated by a completely different city (or even state, in some cases) from where the person went missing.
Firstly, it causes confusion. If you Google her name, you will be convinced that she went missing from Antioch, California (near San Francisco), which is 360 miles north of Hawthorne (near Los Angeles). Even the California Department of Justice website states that she is missing from Antioch. If a member of Law Enforcement were to locate someone (alive, or otherwise) that could be Amysena, they probably would not make the connection, as they’d be looking for women who went missing from the Los Angeles area.
Secondly, I’d like to know how, exactly, the police department of the small town of Antioch investigates this woman who was last known to be in Hawthorne, CA. Somehow I can’t see them trekking down to Los Angeles and interviewing people who might have seen her.
That said, here is the little that we know about her case.
Amysena Chappell was last heard from, by her family in Antioch, on either September 6 or 7, of 2004. She was in Hawthorne, California at the time, and was supposed to contact them again with Amtrak information for her return home. They never heard from her.
I am sure I read somewhere, at some point, that she had been visiting friends or family members in Hawthorne, but I can no longer locate that source – hate it when that happens!
In any case, it’s my opinion that she had to have gone to Hawthorne to visit someone. It’s just not a “destination” that someone would likely choose to travel to, alone, for a solo vacation. Los Angeles, maybe – but I’d never even heard of Hawthorne prior to researching this case.
Do you see the problem here? All of the ‘last known’ information is coming from her family in Antioch, and not from the person or people who were last with her.
Were these people uncooperative? Does her family not know who she was with? Or was it just never looked into, since the Hawthorne Police are not involved?
Has she ever voluntarily disappeared before? Was she having problems in Antioch? Did she ever purchase an Amtrak ticket? Did she have a cell phone? If so, did they check phone calls she made and received while in Hawthorne?
I’ve read a number of accounts from family members of the missing, with regard to their struggles in trying to get law enforcement to take the report. Some have just had to file their report with whatever agency was willing to accept it. I don’t know if that was the case here.
I truly hope she is alive and well somewhere, and that she will contact law enforcement to let them know she is ok…. It appears that her family really misses her and would like to know she is alive and well, even if her whereabouts are not disclosed.
However, because anything is possible, i wish this case would be placed in the hands of someone who can reasonably investigate it.