Sheriff’s homicide investigators have come up empty in a two-week search for a 32-year-old Ramona woman and her 7-year-old son.

Deborah S. and David Cooney were last seen in the 1200 block of San Vincente Road in Ramona about 7:30 p.m. April 9 after visiting a friend, said sheriff’s homicide Lt. Bill Baxter. Cooney’s silver 1983 Toyota Tercel was found 10 days later near an apartment building in the 400 block of 16th Street in Ramona, about a mile and a half from her home in the 1000 block of Maple Street. Sheriff’s detectives said there were no signs of a struggle inside the car and that it was still in good operating condition.

“We are considering every possible situation, and we’re not ruling out foul play,” Baxter said. “We’ve exhausted every lead we can develop, so now we’re turning to the public for help.”

More than 70 people have been questioned, including residents of the area where the car was found, and two search and rescue sweeps were conducted. But investigators still have no explanation for the disappearance.


Friends and neighbors of the Cooneys filed the missing persons report on April 15 after it had become obvious that she had not been home in more than a week.

According to Robin Quasebarth, manager of the five-acre ranch where Cooney and her son live, the door to Cooney’s apartment had been left open, money was lying on the table and all of her pets were starving.