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O.C. English professor missing for two months

October 26, 2011 |  8:16 am

Amy Ahearn, an Orange County English professor, has been missing for two monthsOrange County sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in finding an English professor at Saddleback College who has been missing since August.

Amy Ahearn, 40, who has a home in Lake Forest, did not show up for classes she was assigned to teach at the college on Aug. 22, when the semester started.

Ahearn has no family in California, said her sister, Marjorie Ahearn, though she was recently divorced by her husband, a teacher at another community college.

Her family in Illinois has hired a private detective to help locate her.

The private investigator reported that Ahearn was last seen Sept. 11 in Norwalk when she reportedly went to an attorney's office looking disheveled and homeless in appearance, seeking an attorney to handle estate issues and a complaint against "OC Police."

The attorney told Ahearn he could help her, and she left.

A paralegal in the area told the investigator that he had spoken with Ahearn several times about a case against "OC Police." She told him she was living in her car.

Ahearn also was reportedly seen renting a sports utility vehicle at John Wayne International Airport, where a clerk said she was a frequent customer and had a debit card. The vehicle was found Sept. 24.

Her family says Ahearn may suffer from Huntington's disease, a degenerative brain condition.

Folk singer Woody Guthrie is the best-known victim of the disease. Several members of her family suffer from it, her sister said.

Ahearn, who may be going by her previously married name of Amy Juntilla, is described as white, 5-foot-6 with brown eyes and brown hair, weighing 140 pounds, though she may have lost weight.

Anyone with information is asked to call Orange County sheriff’s investigators at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 628-7170.

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-- Sam Quinones
Twitter.com/samquinones7

Photo: Amy Ahearn. Credit: Department of Motor Vehicles

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