Christie L. Wilson

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Above Images: Wilson, circa 2005

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 5, 2005 from Rocklin, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 10, 1978
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Wilson wears clear contact lenses and has blonde highlights in her hair. Some accounts give her eye color as blue. Her ears are double-pierced and she has a mole on her back and three staple-sized surgical scars below her left knee.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black crew-neck silky sweater with three-quarter length sleeves, blue jeans, black open-toed wedge sandals with a four-inch heel, a two-toned gold and silver watch, and small hoop earrings.
  • Medical Conditions: Wilson was being treated for depression at the time of her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Wilson was last seen leaving Thunder Valley Casino in Rocklin, California at 1:15 a.m. on October 5, 2005. Her image was captured on the casino's surveillance cameras as she left with a man. The cameras show Wilson together with the man for several hours inside the casino itself. The cameras did not show whether she got into his vehicle after she left, but the images do not show her getting into her own car. Wilson was carrying a black purse with a shoulder strap at the time of her disappearance. She has never been heard from again. Her boyfriend became concerned when she did not return home that evening, but he did not take immediate action because Wilson had stayed out all night before. He reported her as a missing person on October 6, after he found her silver BMW abandoned in the casino's parking lot.

    Authorities quickly identified the individual seen with Wilson as Marcia Flavio Garcia. Photographs of him are posted below this case summary. Garcia was charged with kidnapping and rape in 1979; he allegedly abducted his ex-girlfriend, raped her and threatened her with a gun before releasing her. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to one year's probation. He was questioned by investigators about Wilson and initially cooperated, but after two interviews he hired an attorney and refused to answer any further questions. Two of Wilson's hairs were found in his light gray Toyota Camry, one in the trunk and one on the inside passenger door handle. The day Wilson disappeared, Garcia sought medical attention for a black eye and scratches on his arms. He claimed he had fallen from a tree he was pruning, but authorities believe the injuries are consistent with someone clawing at him.

    Several days after Wilson vanished, Garcia was arrested on two counts of possession of illegal weapons. The charges were the result of a search police conducted on his property in relation to Wilson's disappearance. Shortly after his arrest, investigators began referring to Wilson's disappearance as a homicide named Garcia as a suspect. On October 28, twenty-three days after Wilson vanished, Garcia was charged with first-degree murder in her case. He maintained his innocence in Wilson's disappearance and, at his trial, his attorney said there is no evidence to indicate she is even deceased and other suspects should be considered in her disappearance. In November 2006, Garcia was convicted of Wilson's murder. He was sentenced to 59 years to life in prison in January 2007.

    Wilson was born in San Jose, California and resided in Sacramento, California in 2005. She is a 1996 graduate of Gunderson High School and a 2000 graduate of Chico State University. Her loved ones admit that she drank and used drugs, but her mother stated Wilson had a promising job interview lined up and would not have left without telling anyone where she was going. Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

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    Above Images: Mario Flavio Garcia

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Placer County Sheriff's Department
    530-889-7800

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Auburn Journal
    The Sacramento Bee
    KXTV
    CBS 5
    KCRA 3
    CBS News
    Placer County Sheriff's Department
    The Roseville Press-Tribune
    Christie Wilson -- Missing in CA
    Find Christie Wilson
    The San Jose Mercury News

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 9, 2007; details of disappearance updated.

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