Co-founder of Support Group for Stalking Survivors Disappears

Doris Inzunza, a victim of stalking herself, disappears weeks before her wedding.

Nicole Henley
Aug 8 · 3 min read

A resident of Rancho Cordova, California, unfortunately, had experience with being in abusive relationships.

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By the late 1990s, Doris Inzunza, a mother of four boys, had survived several such relationships. In two of these relationships, restraining orders were put in place (though it failed to deter at least one of her exes years earlier).

In spite of her past trauma, Doris found comfort in helping others escape abusive relations, which led to her co-founding a support group, Sacramento Survivors of Stalking. In 1997, she became engaged, and her wedding was set for September of that same year. Even though things looked to be getting better for her at this point, it ended up worse, and Doris never got to walk down the aisle.

In the early morning hours of August 26, two weeks before her wedding, the 42-year-old was seen by her neighbors cleaning her garage and airing out the contents of a refrigerator. At the time, the fridge had been unplugged somehow, which caused all the food inside it to rot. This sighting by her neighbors marked the last time anyone saw or heard from her since.

Later, after failing to show up to work as well as returning home by the end of the day, Doris’s family reported her as missing.

Searches on horseback and from the sky turned up no trace.

Although it is uncertain what exactly happened to her, Doris’s sister believes that she had been abducted. A possible clue to this came when Doris’s engagement ring, which she never took off, was found on her nightstand during a search through her house.

Given her exes’ history of abusive behavior, authorities investigated all of them. While examining each of them, investigators learned that one of them in particular, an ex-boyfriend, had made several threatening phone calls toward Doris. In one of these threats, the ex-boyfriend reportedly said something to the effect of: “You didn’t marry me; you’re not going to marry someone else.” Despite this, however, the ex-boyfriend hasn’t been charged, as no evidence was found connecting him, though he hasn’t officially been ruled out either.

The mystery lingers behind Doris’s vanishing, who, despite her past trauma, found comfort in supporting others dealing with the same kind of situations as she had. Her sons, now all grown, are still searching for answers along with the rest of the family. If still alive, Doris would be in her 60s. Her case remains unsolved 21 years on.

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