Why Was U.S. Army Veteran Maribel Ramos Unable to Defend Herself?

The killer mistakenly led the police straight to her body.

Theewari Dulandiya
6 min readMay 5, 2023


Maribel Manriquez Ramos of Orange went missing in May 2013

Maribel Ramos was a U.S. Army Veteran. She had special military training. She could fight off an assailant better than an ordinary woman.

However, Maribel disappeared from her home in Orange on May 2, 2013. Her family, boyfriend, friends, and even strangers helped the police to find her.

Eventually, the killer accidentally mapped the location of her body to the police. Maribel’s body was found in a shallow grave in Modjeska Canyon, California.

Maribel Ramos

Maribel Manriquez Ramos was born in Mexico. She was a baby when she moved to the USA. Ramos’ family was so close to each other. Maribel had a strong relationship with her sister and her niece.

Her sister described Maribel as a person who was friendly to anyone. Maribel had always been the kind of person who thought outside the box. She had a long-time plan to be a police officer.

After high school, she joined Kmart as a security. Maribel joined the U.S. Army in 2001 and was deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. She was honorably discharged from the Army in 2009.



Theewari Dulandiya

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