Cloudia Leslie Wells

Wells, circa 1998; Age-progression to age 61 (circa 2013); Los Angeles Times photo, possibly of Wells

  • Missing Since 04/10/1998
  • Missing From San Diego, California
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 08/10/1953 (70)
  • Age 44 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'0 - 5'2, 145 - 155 pounds
  • Medical Conditions Wells suffers from a heart condition and paranoid schizophrenia, both of which require medication.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Wells may use fifteen to twenty alias names, including the first names Diana or Diane, or her middle name, Leslie.

Details of Disappearance

Wells was last seen in San Diego, California on April 10, 1998. She left the YWCA shelter where she lived to pick up her heart medication at the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital. She was carrying bus tokens and $2 in cash at the time.

Wells never arrived at the VA hospital, never returned to the YWCA shelter and has never been heard from again. Her loved ones describe her as intelligent and streetwise and stated she has traveled all over the country. She had a history of dropping out of sight for months at a time and then reappearing, but after her 1998 disappearance, she never resurfaced.

In 2013, the Los Angeles Times did an article about the homeless population in Santa Monica, California. A photograph of a homeless woman was included, and Wells's daughter, Robin Wells Burton, saw the article and believes the woman in the photo is her mother. The photo is posted with this case summary.

When the woman in the picture was interviewed for the article, she said she'd been homeless for sixteen years, the length of time Wells had been missing. The name she gave was a known alias Wells used. Burton investigated further and discovered Wells had stayed in various homeless shelters throughout California and listed her daughter as an emergency contact.

In mid-2014, for the first time since her disappearance, Wells's Social Security number was used again. In the spring of 2017, Burton got multiple tips that her mother had been sighted in the areas of Dallas, Texas and Richardson, Texas.

Multiple witnesses said they had not only seen her but knew her personally, and said she was using the first name Diane, a name Wells sometimes used. The witnesses said Wells had swollen legs, carried a large back bag and was known to ride the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) bus line around the Richardson area, but no longer ventured into Dallas itself.

Burton believes her mother is alive and leaving clues so her family might locate her, but it's possible Wells is missing voluntarily and doesn't want to be contacted by her family. Until her location and well-being are confirmed, she remains listed as a missing person.

Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated May 12, 2017; three pictures added, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.