Cecilia Elizabeth Newball

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Above Images: Cecilia, circa 1994

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 20, 1994 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 20, 1961
  • Age: 32 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'11 - 5'0, 94 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes. Cecilia's maiden name is Amaya. She was born in El Salvador.
  • Medical Conditions: Cecilia was eight months pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Cecilia was last seen in Los Angeles, California on September 20, 1994. Her husband, Alfredo Newball, saw her at their apartment on Lassen Street, writing thank-you notes for gifts she'd received at a recent baby shower. When Alfredo came home from work, he saw his wife's car parked in the street instead of in their apartment building's secure parking lot. When he went inside their apartment, Cecilia was gone, as was her son, Rene Perez Jr. A generic store-bought goodbye card signed simply "Cecilia" was inside Newball's Jeep, and her wedding ring and engagement ring were on the vehicle's passenger seat. Cecilia and Rene have never been seen again. They didn't take any belongings, not even clothes or Rene's eyeglasses.

    Alfredo received a letter three days after Cecilia and Rene's disappearances, postmarked Van Nuys, California. Inside the envelope was a goodbye card identical to the one left in Newball's car, and a typewritten letter signed with Cecilia's name. The letter stated that Cecilia had taken up with a doctor named Arturo and she and Rene were moving to Honduras with him. The letter said Arturo was possibly the father of her unborn child. Police don't believe the letter was really from Cecilia. There has been no sign of her or Rene since. Investigators believe Alfredo knows more about his wife and stepson's disappearances than he's disclosed, but he maintains his innocence and says he thinks they left him voluntarily.

    Cecilia and Alfredo had been married one year prior to her disappearance. Her friends stated there were no problems in the marriage and they do not believe she would leave without warning. She was on maternity leave from her job as a customer service representative at the time she went missing. Foul play is suspected in Cecilia and Rene's cases.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office
    323-890-5500

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    California Attorney General's Office
    NewsLibrary
    Unsolved Mysteries

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 30, 2008; picture added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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