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Body of Ojai Woman Missing Since Friday Found in Ravine

April 06, 1999|CATHERINE SAILLANT

A search-and-rescue team found the body of a missing Ojai woman at the bottom of a steep ravine north of Ojai on Monday afternoon, close to her mangled black Jeep, authorities said.

Coroner's investigator Jim Wingate identified the woman as Amy Ellington, a 31-year-old mother who was reported missing Saturday by family members. Wingate said she apparently died in a single-vehicle accident.

Ellington left her Ojai home the day before to drive to a relative's home in Pleasanton. It appears her Jeep veered off the road near the Pine Mountain summit and plunged 500 feet down a cliff, Wingate said.

An autopsy will be performed today, he said.

Ellington was reported missing after she failed to arrive at the relative's residence. She was driving to the Northern California community alone, authorities said.

A sheriff's helicopter crew searching for Ellington spotted the Jeep around 1:45 p.m., officials said.

Wingate said Ellington was married and had children, but he didn't have any additional information.

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