The daughter of a missing Illinois woman is seeking volunteers today for an area-wide flyer distribution taking place tomorrow, February 22, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. The woman is hoping to locate the mother she hasn’t seen in more than 20 years.
Robin Wells Burton has traveled more than 1,800 miles this week, after several sightings of her mother, Cloudia Leslie Wells, have been reported from Los Angeles to Pasadena. The recent rash of sightings come after the woman’s photo reportedly appeared on the front page of the LA Times, more than two years ago.
One of Robin’s friends recently located the article and photo online, and the determined daughter turned all her focus to California, where the photo was taken. After working with two missing persons’ organizations — Media for the Missing and Victims News Online — a trip was quickly set up, allowing Robin to travel to southern California to personally look for her mother.
Robin left southern Illinois earlier this week, headed to Los Angeles, California, accompanied by Stephanie Coplen, Founder of Media for the Missing. The two women have planned a 19-day search effort to find Cloudia.
This week alone, Robin has received more than a dozen tips regarding her mother’s whereabouts — some, very close together, in the areas of Los Angeles’ Skid Row, and neighboring Pasadena, roughly 11 miles away. It is believed she may be traveling via a metro transit system between the two cities.
Other sightings include an L.A.-area hospital, a local fast food restaurant, homeless shelters in L.A. and Pasadena, and outside a local thrift store.
Robin and Stephanie have organized a flyer distribution for this Sunday, February 22, 2015, along Skid Row. The event will be hosted in conjunction with the volunteer safety group ‘Guardian Angels’, and fliers will be passed out for Cloudia — and another Illinois missing person — Jason De Alba. Jason disappeared in 2012 from his home — also with mental health issues — and is also believed to be living amongst the homeless in southern California.
Upon learning of the inclusion of her son’s flyer in the distribution effort, Jason’s mother, Kathleen, told The Examiner she is “grateful and overwhelmed” for the support.
I was hoping all week that, maybe, they could show Jason’s photo around, in the hopes he is down there, too”, Kathleen told The Examiner. “But I didn’t want to take away from Cloudia’s search. When I got the message from Robin this morning, I was so grateful that she chose to include Jason in her search efforts”.
Volunteers for Sunday’s search will meet at the corner of East 6th Street and Crocker Street at noon for a flyer distribution and ground search. Searchers must be at least 18 years’ old. More information regarding the search may be found on the event’s Facebook page.
At the time of her disappearance in 1998, Cloudia Leslie Wells was 45 years old; today, she is 61. She is approximately five feet to 5’2″ tall, weighing 145 – 155 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Cloudia Wells is known to frequent shelters and areas where the homeless population gather(s). She may be using the names Diane, Diana, Cloudia, Leslie, or other variations (of those names). It is believed she may have as many as 15 – 20 different aliases, if not more.
To learn more about the disappearance of Cloudia Wells, log onto her dedicated Facbook page. Anyone wishing to donate to the search effort fund supporting Robin’s travels may do so here.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Cloudia Leslie Wells is asked to call the tipline at (618) 550-1005. Callers may remain anonymous by dialing *67, followed by the phone number.