Cloudia Leslie Wells

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Wells, circa 1998;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 61 (circa 2013)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 10, 1998 from San Diego, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 10, 1952
  • Age: 45 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'2, 145 - 155 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Wells may use fifteen to twenty alias names, including the first names Diana or Diane, or her middle name, Leslie.
  • Medical Conditions: Wells suffers from a heart condition and paranoid schizophrenia, both of which require medication.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Wells was last seen in San Diego, California on April 10, 1998. She left the YWCA shelter where she lived to pick up her heart medication at the Veteran's Administration (VA) hospital. She was carrying bus tokens and $2 in cash at the time. Wells never arrived at the VA hospital, never returned to the YWCA shelter and has never been heard from again. Her loved ones describe her as intelligent and streetwise and stated she has traveled all over the country. She had a history of dropping out of sight for months at a time and then reappearing, but after her 1998 disappearance, she never resurfaced.

    In 2013, the Los Angeles Times did an article about the homeless population in Santa Monica, California. A photograph of a homeless woman was included, and Wells's daughter, Robin Wells Burton, saw the article and believes the woman in the photo is her mother. The photo is posted below this case summary. When the woman in the picture was interviewed for the article, she said she'd been homeless for sixteen years, the length of time Wells had been missing. The name she gave was a known alias Wells used. Burton investigated further and discovered Wells had stayed in various homeless shelters throughout California and listed her daughter as an emergency contact.

    In mid-2014, for the first time since her disappearance, Wells's Social Security number was used again. In the spring of 2017, Burton got multiple tips that her mother had been sighted in the areas of Dallas, Texas and Richardson, Texas. Multiple witnesses said they had not only seen her but knew her personally, and said she was using the first name Diane, a name Wells sometimes used. The witnesses said Wells had swollen legs, carried a large back bag and was known to ride the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) bus line around the Richardson area, but no longer ventured into Dallas itself.

    Burton believes her mother is alive and leaving clues so her family might locate her, but it's possible Wells is missing voluntarily and doesn't want to be contacted by her family. Until her location and well-being are confirmed, she remains listed as a missing person.

    Los Angeles Times photo
    Above: Los Angeles Times photo, possibly of Wells


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    San Diego Police Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    Facebook Page for Cloudia Leslie Wells
    Victims News Online
    Second Facebook Page for Cloudia Leslie Wells


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 12, 2017; three pictures added, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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