Cold case takes SCSO detectives to San Diego

Cold case takes SCSO detectives to San Diego

Last year, a woman’s body found in the Spokane river left detectives with more questions than answers. Now, they’re hoping the public will help solve the case.

“We’re down here in San Diego investigating the death of a 61-year-old female by the name of Maria Guadalupe Vega,” said Detective Justin Elliott with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Vega’s body was discovered in the Spokane River in January of last year. The sheriff’s office didn’t know who she was, where she came from or why she died. They weren’t even sure why she was in Spokane. It doesn’t appear like anyone in San Diego does either.

“Right now we’re looking for the public’s help for really determining who she was, any family members, we’re still looking for a next of kin,” said Elliott.

They were able to find out some brief details about Vega’s life.

“We’ve talked to a handful of people that know her. We do know that she would frequent Tijuana and travel back and forth and also work in San Diego as a nanny,” said Elliott.

Her last known whereabouts were in Encinitas, where she lived with someone else.

“We are looking for the person she was living with. We don’t know who that person is,” said Elliott.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information to contact them.

“Even the smallest piece of information could make a big difference in this case. For telling her story, and finding out how she ended up in Spokane and why she died,” said Elliott.