Bonnie Kay Santiago
Santiago, approximately 2014
Date and time person was reported missing : 07/12/2014
Missing location (approx) :
Albemarle County, Virginia
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 56 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4 - 5'5, 160 - 175 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white shirt with designs on it, blue denim capri pants and flip-flops.
Medical conditions : Santiago suffers from a heart condition and was taking life-sustaining medication for it at the time of her disappearance; the medicine was left behind.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic female. Black/brown hair, brown/hazel eyes. Santiago wears eyeglasses; these were left behind.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Santiago was last seen at his boyfriend's residence on Carter Mountain in Albemarle County, Virginia at 1:00 a.m. on July 12, 2014. She has never been heard from again.
When her van was located a few days later, there was evidence of a violent struggle: the vehicle's rear-view mirror had been nearly torn off, there was blood, thought to be Santiago's, at the scene, and there were footprints on the inside of the windshield. Santiago's belongings, including her cellular phone, eyeglasses, flip-flops and medication, were left in the van.
Santiago lived in Brands Flat, Virginia at the time of her disappearance, and left behind seven children and fourteen grandchildren. Her niece, Sabrina High, also known as Sabrina Rock, was on the cast of the reality television show Breaking Amish for the first three seasons.
Since Santiago disappearance, she hasn't refilled her prescriptions or accessed her bank accounts. Investigators believe she met with foul play and is probably dead. They drained a septic tank and and searched it for her body in 2016, but their efforts turned up nothing. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Albemarle County Police Department
Albemarle Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Virginia State Police
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