Missing woman's car recovered in Ocean Beach, SDPD continues search

Posted at 6:44 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 09:06:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego police are asking the public for help finding a missing, at-risk woman.

Debra Puente, 50, disappeared after going out with some friends after work on Tuesday, March 28. She was last seen leaving the area of Mission Gorge Road and Friars Road. Police said it is very unusual for Puente not to have contact with her employer or friends.

“She missed two days straight of work ... which is really unusual (for) her," said Puente's daughter, Ashleigh Tarango. "She’s worked at her job for 14 years."

Tarango spoke with 10News Anchor Brian Shlonsky on Skype, from Fort Collins, Colorado, Wednesday night. 

Puente's vehicle, a black 2013 Hyundai sedan, was recovered on Wednesday, abandoned on Santa Cruz Avenue in Ocean Beach. A parking citation dated for March 30, 2017, was found on the car.

Tarango said her mother is a regular at some of the bars in Ocean Beach, so it's not unusual that her car was found there. She hopes someone’s seen her mom and helps her get home safely. 

“I want her to know that she’s loved and we just want her to be safe and ok," Tarango said. 

Puente is described as a Caucasian female, 5-foot-4, about 115 pounds, and has a large mole on her left cheek under her eye. She is described as a very outgoing person.

Anyone with information is asked to contact San Diego Police at 619-531-2000 or Detective Shelly Luna with the department's missing person's unit at 619-531-2277.