Search for woman missing since Valentine's Day continues

Search for woman missing since Valentine's Day continues
Family members of Erica Alonso, a woman who has been missing for a week, hug during a press conference at the Orange County sheriff's headquarters. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

Sheriff's officials in Orange County are still searching for a woman last seen arguing with her Valentine's Day date a week ago.

Erica Alonso, 27, disappeared after a night out at Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa. Surveillance video from the club captured Alonso and her date leaving with another couple, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department officials.


The couple came forward Friday and spoke with deputies, saying they'd given Alonso and her date – who hasn't been identified – a ride to the man's home.

The couple told deputies that they spent a couple hours at the man's home, but left around 3:45 a.m. after he and Alonso got into a fight.

Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said deputies have spoken at length with Alonso's date, adding that he's not being viewed as a suspect.

"We haven't even classified it as a crime at this time," Hallock said. "It's still a missing person case and we're doing everything we can to find her."

At an emotional press conference outside the Sheriff's Department headquarters in Santa Ana on Friday, Alonso's family begged anyone with information to contact officials.

"We just want her home," said her sister Patricia. "We miss her so much."

Hallock urged anyone with information about Alonso or her vehicle – a white Honda Civic bearing California license number 7FSS563 – to contact officials.

"If anyone sees it, or thinks they saw it," Hallock said, "we hope that they will call us."

Contact the Orange County Sheriff's Department at (714) 647-7000 or (714) 647-7044.

Times Community News staffer Jeremiah Dobruck contributed to this report.

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