Updated: May 12
On the night of Valentine’s Day 2015, 27-year-old Erica Alonso went out to an Orange County, California nightclub with her ex-boyfriend, Larry. She told her sister she’d be back that night, but never returned home.
By the morning of February 15th, Erica’s sister still hadn’t heard from her, so she called Larry to ask if he’d seen or heard from Erica. He said that yes, he was with Erica, but they got into a fight, and at around 4 am, she stormed out of his apartment. She drove away, and he hadn’t heard from her since.
More than two months later, on April 27, Erica’s body was discovered in a remote area of Orange County. She was found wrapped in plastic bags and duct tape.
Despite this, authorities concluded that foul play was not involved. Her case remains unsolved.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department at 714-647-7055.
Please take a moment to follow the fight on social media:
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“Couple Who Gave Missing OC Woman a Ride Home Identified.” CBS News, 21 Feb. 2015, www.cbsnews.com/losangeles/news/couple-who-gave-missing-oc-woman-a-ride-home-identified/.
Cuniff, Meghann M. “As Family Mourns Erica Alonso, Questions Remain as Autopsy Fails to Reveal Cause of Death.” Orange County Register, 30 Apr. 2015, www.ocregister.com/2015/04/30/as-family-mourns-erica-alonso-questions-remain-as-autopsy-fails-to-reveal-cause-of-death/.
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Editor. “Supporters of Erica Alonso Rallied in Downtown Santa Ana Today.” New Santa Ana, 29 Aug. 2015, newsantaana.com/supporters-of-erica-alonso-rallied-in-downtown-santa-ana-today/.
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“Family Holds Candlelight Vigil for OC Woman Missing since Valentine’s Day.” ABC7 Los Angeles, 21 Mar. 2015, abc7.com/missing-woman-erica-alonso-valentines-day-orange-county/567530/.
Fausto, Alma, and Scott Schwebke. “Update: Family Makes Plea for Info about Laguna Hills Woman Last Seen Sunday in Irvine; Couple She Partied with in Costa Mesa Located.” Orange County Register, 20 Feb. 2015, www.ocregister.com/2015/02/20/update-family-makes-plea-for-info-about-laguna-hills-woman-last-seen-sunday-in-irvine-couple-she-partied-with-in-costa-mesa-located/.
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Pamer, Melissa, and Chip Yost. “Missing Laguna Hills Woman Was Subject of Restraining Order over Alleged Domestic Violence.” KTLA, 26 Feb. 2015, ktla.com/news/local-news/missing-laguna-hills-woman-was-subject-of-restraining-order-over-alleged-domestic-violence/.
Ryan, Kennedy, and Mary Beth McDade. “Family Sends up Red Balloons on Birthday of Missing Laguna Hills Woman Erica Alonso.” KTLA, 27 Mar. 2015, ktla.com/news/local-news/family-sends-up-red-balloons-on-birthday-of-missing-laguna-hills-woman-erica-alonso/.
Ryan, Kennedy, and Mary Beth McDade. “OC Woman Vanishes after Night out Celebrating Valentine’s Day; Mystery Club Couple Sought.” KTLA, 20 Feb. 2015, ktla.com/news/local-news/oc-woman-disappears-after-night-out-celebrating-valentines-day/.
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Ryan, Kennedy. “Deputies Locate Car Belonging to Missing Laguna Hills Woman Erica Alonso.” KTLA, 26 Mar. 2015, ktla.com/news/local-news/deputies-locate-car-belonging-to-missing-laguna-hills-woman-erica-alonso/.
Service, City News. “New Law, Inspired by an O.C. Case, Helps Police Investigate Non-Reported Accidental Deaths.” Orange County Register, 22 July 2017, www.ocregister.com/2017/07/21/new-law-inspired-by-an-o-c-case-helps-police-investigating-non-reported-accidental-deaths/.
“Sheriff: Erica Alonso May Not Be a Homicide Victim, Had GHB in Her System.” NBCNews.Com, 23 July 2015, www.nbcnews.com/feature/missing-in-america/police-erica-alonso-not-homicide-victim-had-ghb-her-system-n397166.
Singhania, Aruna. Erica Melissa Alonso Autopsy.
“Toxicology Results Show That Erica Alonso Had a Lethal Dose of GHB and Alcohol in Her System.” New Santa Ana, 22 July 2015, newsantaana.com/toxicology-results-show-that-erica-alonso-had-a-lethal-dose-of-ghb-and-alcohol-in-her-system/.
Turney, Sarah. “Interview with Dinora Gomez.” 21 Mar. 2023.
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