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Body of missing Julian woman found at Inspiration Point

The body of Stephanie Brehm-McCabe, a 44-year-old Julian woman, was found this morning inside a vehicle matching the description of her Chevrolet truck. She was found at Inspiration Point, about three miles south of Julian. Positive identification on the body will come in the next few days from the county Medical Examiner's Office.

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INSPIRATION POINT - A woman was found dead today in a truck parked in the East County highlands.

The discovery off State Route 79 in the Inspiration Point area of Cleveland National Forest was reported about 8:15 a.m., sheriff's Lt. Sylvester Washington said.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, and the woman's identity remained unconfirmed this evening.

Sheriff asks public's assistance in locating missing Julian woman

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore is asking the public’s assistance in locating an at-risk missing person, Stephanie Brehm-McCabe, 44, of Julian.

Brehm-McCabe was last seen May 24 at approximately 8 a.m. after putting a knife to her wrist.

While help was being sought, Brehm-McCabe left in her vehicle and has not been seen since. Shortly thereafter, she telephoned an acquaintance and left a message indicating she was intending to commit suicide.

Brehm-McCabe left her residence in a white 1995 Chevrolet 1½-ton dual-wheel 12’ flatbed truck. Some of the paint is missing from the hood and the license plate number is 5C40340.

In addition to San Diego Sheriff’s deputies searching for her, the ASTREA helicopter has been deployed and assistance has been offered by the California Highway Patrol and State Parks and Recreation personnel.

Brehm-McCabe is an accomplished equestrian and is familiar with back roads and trails in both the Cleveland National Forest and Anza Borrego Desert State Park. When the search parameters have been narrowed, the department’s Search and Rescue Unit will be activated. The search thus far, has concentrated in the Cuyamaca and Mt. Laguna area.

The missing woman is described as 5-feet 7-inches tall, 110 lbs., blonde hair, and blue eyes. She has no distinguishing scars, marks or tattoos.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy Keith Dalton of the Julian Substation at (760) 765-4780 or via the Communications Center at (858) 565-5200.


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