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Remains of missing person Krystie Stuart found in Apple Valley

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( — The remains of Krystie Stuart, who was 29 at the time of her disappearance, were located in a county area of Apple Valley, officials confirmed.

On January 24, 2019, human remains were located by two hunters in the county area of Apple Valley, officials said.

Detectives from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station and investigators from the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Division responded to the remote area northeast of Fairview Valley to recover the remains, authorities confirmed.

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office officially confirmed the remains were those of Krystie Stuart.  

Krystie Stuart went missing from Apple Valley on March 2, 2015, after leaving her home in Lucerne Valley for a dentist appointment in Apple Valley, and on March 8, 2015, her pickup was located, unoccupied, in the desert area north of Apple Valley, approximately 2.5 miles from where her remains were located, authorities said.  

“After Krystie’s disappearance in 2015, detectives conducted three searches for her utilizing search and rescue teams and aviation. Since her disappearance, the investigation has been ongoing. The cause of death will be released once determined by the San Bernardino County Medical Examiner,” stated a Sheriff’s press release.

Again, on Friday, February 1, 2019, from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm, personnel from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, with the assistance of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Departments Aviation Division and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Search and Rescue, canvased the area northeast of Fairview Valley where the remains of Krystie Stuart were recovered. Additional remains were located and were turned over to the custody of the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Division for further investigation, officials said.

The following year after Stuart went missing, another Apple Valley woman, Christina Bastian, went missing on Halloween night after leaving a friend’s home in Apple Valley. Bastian’s truck was found unoccupied the following day in Morongo. A few weeks later, personal items belonging to Bastian were found in a backpack in the area of Bear Valley and Central Roads.

Local authorities are also working a third missing person’s case involving Randy Cuddy who went missing in August 2017, after he left his Apple Valley home to go to work. His vehicle was found in a remote area of the Mojave River in Oro Grande approximately three weeks later.

Neither Cuddy or Bastian have been heard from since.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Jason Grantham at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, Lucerne Valley Sub-Station, (760) 248-7655. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at

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Correction: a previous article stated Krystie’s remains were found along with other human remains. It has been clarified that the other remains were of Krystie that were located, but during a second canvass of the area.

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