Woman missing from local casino after message suggesting she had been drugged

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UPDATE: Police locate woman reported missing after distressing message

SAN MARCOS, Calif. – Authorities asked the public for help Friday as they searched for a 27-year-old woman who went missing from Pala Casino after posting a distressed message on her Facebook page.

Katelyn Schwindt, 27, went missing after posting a distressing message to her Facebook page during a visit to Pala Casino.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s San Marcos station received a radio call around 10:35 p.m. Thursday regarding a missing person, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

The caller told deputies that Katelyn Schwindt posted a message on her Facebook page indicating she was at Pala Casino on Wednesday night and she thought she was possibly drugged and assaulted, sheriff’s officials said.

Sgt. Daniel Deese said Schwindt’s last-known residences are in San Marcos and Oceanside. He said officials first were contacted about her disappearance by a tattoo artist who knows her.

“She missed an appointment with him,” Deese said. “They’re acquaintances and that was unusual for her to miss an appointment.”

Deese said investigators have very little to go on, as there’s no hard evidence she was at the casino.

“Unfortunately, she has no cell phones registered to her that we’re able to track… she has no vehicle registered to her we’re able to track,” he said, “and we have no idea who she may have been with at the time.”

Schwindt’s friend Krystle Hudnell told Fox 5 that she’s “the sweetest person you’ll ever meet.” She is described as a 5-foot-5 white woman, weighing about 135 pounds. Hudnell also said she’s a mother of one child, who reportedly was not with Schwindt at the time of her disappearance.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-510-5200.

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