Search under way for missing Oceanside woman

Marlane Koue driving beige van with plate #4SHU678

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Authorities asked the public to keep an eye out for a North County woman who has been missing under mysterious circumstances for more than a week.

The last known sighting of Marlane Koue, 54, was at the Pizza Port restaurant on Carlsbad Village Drive in Carlsbad early on the evening of Oct. 1, according to police. She has not communicated with her relatives or friends since.

"Her family is very concerned, because she normally calls her daughter daily, and there has been no activity on her phone or bank accounts," Lt. Leonard Mata said.

Koue's 21-year old daughter Maya, who is about to enter the U.S. Army and recently graduated from UC Merced with a degree in psychology, has come to San Diego to search for her mother.

"It's overwhelming," she said. "I called my brother before and I said, 'This is surreal.' I never thought that I would use my graduation photos to pull my mom's face off to put on a missing persons flyer."

She believes her mother is in danger or maybe even been killed.

Koue, who lives with a roommate in the 1200 block of Larchwood Drive in Oceanside, is married but separated from her husband, who has been interviewed by police and is cooperating with their investigation into her disappearance, according to Mata.

Sources told 10News that Koue told friends she was going to housesit for a couple of days at a home in the 300 block of Yacon Street in Vista, where her 23-year-old husband lives.

Police said this is a second marriage for Koue. Her first husband, Maya's father, died of cancer years ago. He had also served in the military.

Though there is no evidence of a crime, the woman's family and friends are concerned because they consider it out of character for her to be out of touch with them for so long.

"The lack of activity on her cell phone and bank accounts, and the fact she has completely stopped communicating with her family, has raised suspicion regarding her disappearance," the lieutenant said.

Koue is described as a 5-foot-5-inch, roughly 160-pound white woman with brown hair and brown eyes. She may be driving a beige Dodge Grand Caravan with the California license plate number #4SHU678.

Police asked anyone who might be able to help locate Koue to call Detective Sgt. Matt Christensen at (760) 435-4639 or, after hours, Oceanside police communications (760) 435-4911.

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