19-year-old Christine Marie Eastin borrowed her ex-boyfriend’s car, a Ford Maverick, on the evening of the 18th of January 1971. She planned to take a friend shopping and told her ex-boyfriend that she would take the car to a car wash before returning it to him later that evening.
Christine met her friend, and they went shopping where she purchased a pair of boots. Christine then dropped her friend off at her home and took the car to Charlie’s Car Wash, which was on Mission Boulevard in Hayward, California. The car wash was self-service, and Christine cleaned the car with her hands.
Christine planned to pick up her ex-boyfriend from his job at a local Jack in the Box. Christine never showed to pick him up, and he called Christine’s home to share his concern that Christine never showed up.
In the early hours of January 19th, the car that Christine had been cleaning, was discovered abandoned at the car wash.
The car was locked, and it was evident that it had been cleaned by Christine. Papers that were originally located inside the car, were found scattered on the pavement outside of the driver’s door.
Christine’s purse was found inside the vehicle, and there was no sign of her in or around the car. All of her personal belongings were at her house, and she had made no plans to travel.
In 2005 the Governern of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger offered a $50,000 reward for any information that led to Christine’s recovery. A billboard was also erected near the car wash where Christine was last seen.
In 2019 an unidentified witness came forward and told investigators that on the night of Christine’s disappearance they had seen two men abduct Christine at the car wash before driving off in a white van.
The witness was able to get a clear look at the driver of the van, and in September 2019 a sketch of the driver was released to the public.
The white van was also described as having distinctive rectangle side mirrors which are known as “West Coast Mirrors”.
No one has seen or heard from Christine since the 18th of January 1971. What happened to Christine remains a mystery.
Anyone with any information regarding Christine’s disappearance should contact the Hayward Police Department at (510) 293-7176 or the FBI.
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