Missing Mission Valley woman found safe in Mexico

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — 8/2/2017 — A who went missing last weekend during what was supposed to be a quick trip to pick up her children from a Mission Valley church was located Wednesday, apparently unharmed, in Baja California.

Crystal Chappell, 40, disappeared after leaving Octapharma Plasma Center in the Sports Arena area about 11:30 a.m. Sunday en route to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Camino del Rio South, according to San Diego police.

Chappell’s husband, Jonathan, told reporters earlier that he feared his wife fell victim to some sort of crime.

"It doesn’t make any sense, unless she’s being forced or coerced,” he told reporters. "This is not natural.”

Early Wednesday afternoon, a person who had seen the woman’s photograph on a missing-person flier reported spotting her sitting alone on a roadside in downtown Tijuana, SDPD Detective Shelly Luna said. Mexican authorities planned to make sure Chappell was in sound condition before dropping her off at the international border.

It was unclear why she went to Mexico, police said.

8/1/2017 — Authorities asked the public Wednesday to keep an eye out for a woman who went missing last weekend during what was supposed to be a quick trip to pick up her children from a Mission Valley church. 

Crystal Chappell, 40, was last seen by family members about 11:30 a.m. Sunday as she was leaving Octapharma Plasma Center in the Sports Arena area en route to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Camino del Rio South, a roughly eight-mile trip, according to San Diego police. 

Chappell never showed up at the Mormon house of worship, and her husband, Jonathan, has told reporters he believes his wife likely fell victim to some sort of crime.

Chappell is a 5-foot-1-inch, roughly 335-pound white woman with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a rose tattoo on her left breast and is missing a left-side tooth, SDPD Detective Shelly Luna said.

Chappell suffers from health conditions that require her to take medications, but she did not have them with her when she went missing, Luna said. 

At the time of her disappearance, Chappell was wearing a pink-and-black-striped shirt, pink-and-black-plaid leggings, and blue tennis shoes with teal soles. She was driving a silver 2001 Mercury Cougar, California license No. DP122PW.

Anyone who might be able to help locate Chappell was asked to call San Diego police at (619) 531-2000. 

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