On September the 8th, 1992, a motorist came across a young woman dancing in the middle of a busy street in Port Hueneme, California. He tried to help her and began asking her questions, but he quickly realised that she could not understand him. The motorist realised that the young woman had difficulty hearing and was mute.

He became concerned for her safety and took her to the Ventura County police station.

The police tried to question the young woman, but she was not able to communicate with them. The only clue they had to go on to try and figure out her identity was a bank receipt for a bank based in San Diego, which was 200 miles to the south.

The police had no reason to detain the young woman and let her go.

But just the next day, a police officer came across the young woman again, wandering alone on a busy street. The woman seemed very confused. Instead of leaving her, the police placed her in a shelter for women. Still, she was unable to communicate properly with anyone, and all she could do was pantomime, mimic and use “home sign language”.

Chris Barrows, a communication specialist, was brought into the shelter to try and communicate with her.

Chris first wanted to try and find out the woman’s name, so he and Marti Ruble, the shelter’s supervisor, wrote their names on a piece of paper and gestured to themselves. They then asked her to either write or communicate her name to them, and she seemed to understand what they meant as she began to make hand symbols in the form of letters.

When Chris wrote down the letters, it spelt out the name “Lucxi”. Some people have suggested that her name might actually be “Luxci”, which is the Basque spelling for Luci. The x is pronounced as a “ch”. When the woman saw this, she had a very positive reaction. They were then able to find out her age, 23, through the use of hand gestures as well.

Now that they had her name and age, Chris thought that it would be relatively straightforward to find someone who knew her or recognised her. But despite the FBI and other missing person organisations running checks on her, they found nothing. And no one in the Port Hueneme area recognised her either.

The only solid clue they had was the receipt from the bank that Lucy had with her, but once again this led nowhere. Authorities were at a standstill.

Over the following months, Lucy would reveal glimpses into her past. She said that she had flown into California by plane, and had a child which was then taken from her. She was then left on her phone.

Lucy appeared to be well cared for, and although she didn’t have any cooking skills she understands when it is time to eat. She is also able to brush her hair and clean herself.

Chris does not think that Lucy was on the streets for very long when she was found.

Lucy has brown hair and brown eyes, and in 1993 she was in her early twenties. Her ethnic identity is unknown, but there is a possibility that she may have been born in Mexico.

Lucy’s case aired on the Unsolved Mysteries on the 3rd of February 1993. But this episode brought no new leads in Lucy’s case, and no one came forward to say that they recognised her.

In 1993, Lucy disappeared from the shelter and vanished. She was later found in Cotati and had a small amount of methamphetamine with her. She was taken to a doctor who was able to determine that she could actually hear, but that she had the mental age of a 9-year-old.

Lucy then vanished again.

As of May 2014, some sources have reported that Lucy is homeless and living in Santa Paula, California. She apparently communicates with grunts and hand gestures and is often seen walking around with a stroller full of junk. Some witnesses have claimed to see her speak perfect English and ask for small amounts of money.

However, none of these sightings has ever been confirmed.

Do you know Lucy’s true identity, or where she is today?

Lucy. Credit: Mysterious Universe


Unsolved, Mystery, Strange, True Crime, Missing Person, California, 1990s, Lucy, Lucxi

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