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US Mystery surrounds the last person missing from Camp Fire that left 85 dead in California

21:50  07 november  2019
21:50  07 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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REDDING, Calif. – After suffering through years of substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence, Sara Martinez-Fabila could feel her life finally turning around.

a woman standing in front of a building: Photo courtesy of the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency© Photo courtesy of the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency Photo courtesy of the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency

Through treatment, Martinez-Fabila could see the damage drugs and violence had done to her and she resolved to overcome it.

"Today, I am reclaiming my long but not lost dreams of becoming an advocate for socially and economically disadvantaged women," she wrote in a bio that accompanied her Brave Faces portrait gallery.

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Martinez-Fabila, 51, wrote about her dreams to overcome her troubled past in 2015 along with numerous others who participated in the Shasta County Stand Against Stigma program, designed to break down the stigmas associated with mental illness.

It isn't clear whether Martinez-Fabila ever saw her dreams fulfilled. In November 2018, she was living in Paradise, California, when the Camp Fire destroyed nearly the entire town and killed 85 people.

Was she in Paradise during the Fire?

a person holding a cup of coffee: Sara Martinez-Fabila has been missing since the Camp Fire burned through Paradise on Nov. 8, 2018.© Photo courtesy of the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency Sara Martinez-Fabila has been missing since the Camp Fire burned through Paradise on Nov. 8, 2018.

A year after the fire swept through town, Butte County sheriff's officials say there is still only one person that remains unaccounted for from the fire: Sara Martinez-Fabila.

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What happened to her is a mystery to her family and law enforcement.

Sheriff's officials aren't even sure she was in Paradise the day the fire swept through. But her last known address was a post office box in Paradise and her family has not heard from her since the fire.

Jake Smith, a Butte County sheriff's detective, said an address his office had for Martinez-Fabila turned out to be a bad address. Her family also had not heard from her for several weeks before the fire, he said.

There is, however, evidence that she wasn't killed in the blaze.

'She said she didn't want to be found'

On Dec. 13, about a month after the fire, the sheriff's office received a tip from the manager at a motel in Brownsville, California, that a woman named Sara Martinez tried to book a room for the night.

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Smith said he went to the motel and showed the manager a photo of Martinez-Fabila and she confirmed it was her. But since then, the leads have dried up, Smith said.

If she is out there she is leaving behind no trace, he said. No bank, telephone, utility, tax or housing records have popped up associated with her name, he said.

Kathline Spring, general manager at the Brownsville Motel, said Martinez-Fabila stood out from the many others seeking rooms at the time because of her insistence on accepting no help and refusing referrals for housing and other assistance.

Spring said she didn't know Martinez-Fabila was considered missing until some time later a deputy came to the motel and showed her a photo of Martinez-Fabila and she confirmed the woman in the photo looked a lot like the woman who wanted a room.

Unfortunately, the motel was full of Camp Fire refugees, she said. And many of the rooms had multiple families staying in them.

Instead, Spring suggested Martinez-Fabila try the Red Cross for shelter. Spring also offered her food and water and told her she could sleep in her car in the parking lot. But Martinez-Fabila refused, saying she didn't want to sign up for any services, Spring said.

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"She said she didn't want to be found. Those were her words," Spring said.

a person wearing a black shirt: Sara Martinez-Fabila has been missing since the Camp Fire burned through Paradise on Nov. 8, 2018.© Photo courtesy of the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency Sara Martinez-Fabila has been missing since the Camp Fire burned through Paradise on Nov. 8, 2018.

Even at the time, Spring said she worried about Martinez-Fabila as she watched her drive away from the motel "in an old beater car," not sure what would become of her.

The sheriff's office has checked in with relatives and known friends but again has come up empty handed, he said.

"With Sara, we really don't know the circumstances surrounding her missing," Smith said. "We've hit a roadblock. There's a possibility she may not want to be found."

Marc Dadigan, is a former Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency employee who worked with Martinez-Fabila on her Brave Faces bio. He thought she had moved to Paradise to attend Chico State University.

"She was really a brave, powerful speaker," Dadigan said. "I was and still am upset that she is missing and hasn't been found."

Sara Martinez-Fabila, in her own words

Martinez-Fabila had been through her struggles, he said. A mother of five children, she had difficulty with drug abuse and mental illness, and at one point she lost custody of her kids, Dadigan said.

"I believe my mother had clinical depression, and there was domestic violence in our home. I grew up believing these things were normal," she wrote in her Brave Faces bio.

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"At the age of 20, when I went through my divorce, I slipped into a very clinical depression. I self-medicated with alcohol to cope with the loss of my marriage. I got involved in an unhealthy relationship, and it wasn't until April 2010 that I ended up in jail.

"Because of a drug-induced psychosis, I committed a violent crime against an innocent person, and the psychotropic medication I was given in jail was necessary to keep myself and the people around me safe. It was that intervention that saved my life," she wrote.

"I realize now it was a chemical imbalance. It wasn't a moral deficiency. I couldn't handle the drugs I was abusing, I was very depressed, and I was hearing voices and seeing things, like many people with schizophrenia do. But because of the stigma and the fear of that label of 'crazy', I didn't seek outside help," she wrote.

She eventually got into a drug treatment program and learned "domestic violence is a learned behavior that can be unlearned."

Lori Heinrichs Cahill said she met Martinez-Fabila in 2014 when her son was doing some outdoor improvement at a Redding transitional housing site for women as part of his an Eagle Scout project.

Cahill remembered her as a woman of faith who read her Bible daily. One of her daughters was also attending law school at Columbia University, she said.

"We talked off and on for about six months and she eventually gave a very emotional speech at my son's Eagle Court of Honor where she thanked my son for caring about the often 'forgotten' women in our community," Cahill said.

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"It's all so strange, but I do know that her case was being actively investigated. Fire or not, she is a missing person and a lovely woman. She was warm, kind, beautiful and well spoken," Cahill said.

Smith said his department has about 35 active missing persons cases, and unlike Martinez-Fabila's case, most people are found within a month or two.

Another woman was missing after the Camp Fire

One of the most common ways missing people are found is by coming in contact with police, such as through a traffic stop, Smith said.

He noted that is how another missing person's case was resolved this past summer.

For many months there were two people still missing after the Camp Fire. But the second woman, Wendy Carroll, 47, of Oroville was spotted in August by a sheriff's detective as she was walking down a street in Oroville

Carroll told sheriff's officials she knew they were looking for her but didn't contact detectives because she thought she had "unresolved legal issues."

If anyone believes they have seen Martinez-Fabila, Smith said they should call the Butte County Sheriff's Office at 530-538-7321.

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