Authorities continue search for O.C. English professor
Amy Ahearn, 40, who lives in Lake Forest, did not show up for classes at the college when the semester started on Aug. 22.
On Nov. 20, a search team from Saddleback College will be traveling through the Norwalk area, where she was last seen, according to her sister, Marjorie Ahearn.
Ahearn has no family in California, Marjorie Ahearn said, though she was recently divorced by her husband, a teacher at another community college. Her family, from Illinois, has hired a private detective to help locate her.
Ahearn was last seen in Norwalk on Sept. 18, when she was taken in by a family who found her in front of their home on Ferina Street. The next day they took her to a motel and she wandered away while waiting for a room to come available. A family member later saw her in front of a Norwalk grocery store.
Before that, Ahearn was seen on Sept. 9. A private investigator spoke with an attorney who said Ahearn came to his office, looking disheveled, inquiring about an attorney to handle estate issues and a complaint against “O.C. Police.” The attorney told the detective he could not help her and she left.
A paralegal in the area told the investigator that he too had spoken with Ahearn several times about a case against “O.C. Police.” She told him she was living in her car.
Ahearn was also reported seen renting a sport utility vehicle at National Car Rental at John Wayne International Airport in Santa Ana earlier that month. A clerk rented her the vehicle as she was a frequent customer and had a debit card. The vehicle has been returned. It is a tan Hyundai SUV GLS 210, with a license plate of GLUR978.
Ahearn's family says she may suffer from Huntington’s Disease, a degenerative brain disease. Several members of her family suffer from the disease.
She is described as a white woman, 5-foot-6, with brown eyes and brown hair, weighing 140 pounds, though she may have lost weight.
Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Missing Persons investigators at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 628-7170.
-- Sam Quinones