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Search for missing woman in Cleveland National Forest

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Dozens of volunteers searched the Cleveland National Forest Sunday for a woman who vanished nearly a month ago.

By foot, on horseback and aboard off-road vehicles, more than 50 volunteers from various agencies spent hours Sunday searching for 55-year-old Cynthia Diana San Miguel in and around the Cleveland National Forest.

"There's no reason for her to have gone missing...that's the main reason we're here," said Sergeant Don Larson.

Investigators say Cynthia is a long-time squatter, a person who camps illegally within the forest.

U.S. forest officials are familiar with Cynthia and have asked her to move several times over the past three years.

Their last contact with her was a month ago. She hasn't been seen since.

"And she didn't take her stuff, didn't take her belongings, and that's the most unusual part because she person who listed her missing said she would not leave her belongings," said Sgt. Larson.  

Residents and business owners in surrounding towns have also gotten used to spotting Cynthia. But no one seems to know where she is.

Tom McWay at the Mount Laguna Lodge says he saw her a year ago -- adding she always had her belongings and didn't have access to a car.

The mystery is even more complex, given the fact investigators have not been able to find Cynthia's family.

At this point, they will take all the clues they can get in hopes of finding her safe and sound.

"Absent any more clues, we may move somewhere else or suspend the search," Sgt. Larson.

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