Santa Rosa police detectives Wednesday joined a team of searchers in Napa County to look for a woman last seen more than 10 days ago on a remote portion of Highway 29 near Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.
Eva Diaz, 48, of Santa Rosa got out of her husband’s car sometime between 5 and 6 p.m. Aug. 17 after the couple had an argument, according to the husband’s statements to Santa Rosa police, Sgt. John Cregan said.
“Right now it is a missing person case, but we have concerns due to the time she’s been missing; it’s been nine days with no sign of her,” Cregan said Wednesday.
Cregan said police have not uncovered anything to indicate foul play.
Twenty volunteers with the Napa County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team set out at about 1 p.m. Wednesday to begin combing the area, Capt. Doug Pike said.
On Sunday, Aug. 17, Diaz and her husband, Miguel Diaz, were on their way to the Twin Pine Casino in Middletown when he parked in a pullout just north of Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and let Eva Diaz out, according to police and members of her family. The area is about 17 miles north of Calistoga atop Mount St. Helena.
Miguel Diaz said he drove off but then minutes later turned around and headed back.
But when he got to the roadside pullout, Eva Diaz was nowhere to be found, he told authorities.
Miguel Diaz returned home to Santa Rosa. He contacted police three days later, on Aug. 20, to report her missing.
He told police he thought he had to wait 72 hours before reporting a person missing, Cregan said.