She Never Returned Home

By Chris Maltby

On February 23, 1999, Teresa Madrigal went grocery shopping and she never returned home. The next day, her body was found 60 miles away near the entrance of Poway lake in Poway, California. Her boyfriend did not call to report her missing for five days. Madrigal had been shot several times. On March 4, 1999, Madrigal’s 1993 Toyota Camry was found abandoned in a parking lot about seven miles away from her home in Riverside. According to investigators, the back seat was covered in blood and there was a bullet hole in the roof. Nearly two decades later, Madrigal’s murder remains unsolved and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) continues to seek answers in the cold case. Anyone with information on this case can reach out to the SDSO Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321 or the San Diego County Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.





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