SANTA ANA ( — Santa Ana police are investigating whether or not there is a connection in the disappearance of four women.

KCAL9’s Michele Gile reports that Thursday will mark one month since 28-year-old Martha Anaya’s family, including her young children, have seen her.

“She was the only one who understood me and there for me. She knew she was my best friend,” Anaya’s daughter, Melody, said.

Anaya disappeared from the area of First Street and Grand Avenue, the same general area where three other women—Kianna Rae Jackson, 20, Josephine Vargas, 34, and Andrea Nichole Palma, 29—have vanished over the last two months.

Detectives are considering several possibilities from foul play to the women voluntarily walking away.

“We’re not ruling anything out. We have to look at each and every possible scenario and each and every possible thing that could have happened to these people,” Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

What police say the women have in common are past problems with drug abuse and prostitution.

Despite their issues, however, the women stayed connected with loved ones and their kids until they vanished.

“No matter what their lifestyle is, they’ve always come back to the kids. They’ve always kept continuous contact with the kids. Many of these are small kids. They’re involved in their lives, and that just stopped,” Bertagna said.

Detectives say there is no evidence to indicate the females are victims of crimes, but it’s certainly a possibility.


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