Christina Bastian's Dog Located, Teacher Remains Missing

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By Rachael Trost
Christina Bastian and her dog, Coco.Help Find Christina Bastian Facebook Page

Missing California high school teacher Christina Bastian's dog has been located, but she remains missing.

The small white and tan Maltipoo 'Coco' was found back on November 1st along Highway 18 near the intersection of Bear Valley Road, nearly 70 miles away from where Bastian's truck was found abandoned several weeks ago and only a few miles from where Christina was last seen, according to the Bastian family.

A driver spotted and picked up Coco, then ran an ad with a photo on a web page for missing animals. A friend of Christina's mother spotted the post this week. The dog is reportedly in good health and will be staying with the woman who found her for now. Christina's family believes it's the best place for the dog to be at this time, as they are consumed by looking for Christina.

Christina, 34, remains missing and police have not found any more clues as to what may have happened to her. According to Cheryl Denny, Christina’s mother, someone recently reported seeing a woman resembling Christina on the evening of November 2nd, the Monday after she vanished, along Quinnault Road in Apple Valley, California. However, the sighting has not been confirmed.

Christina was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder several years ago and, under supervision from her doctor, stopped taking her medication this past summer.

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The 34-year-old was last seen in the early morning hours of November 1st at a friend's home near Apple Valley, California. The following day, Cheryl got a call asking for Christina. The caller said some of Christina's belongings -- ones her family says were her most precious belongings-- had been found strewn along Highway 247 near Lucerne Valley.

That same evening, her Dodge Ram pickup truck, purchased the week prior, was found abandoned on a dirt road off Highway 62 in Morongo Valley. The truck had scratches and dents on both sides, as if it had been driven over rough desert terrain, officials say.

Anyone who knows anything about Christina's whereabouts, or who may have seen her, is urged to call the Apple Valley Police Department at (760) 240-7400. You can also visit the Facebook page 'Help Find Christina Bastian' for more information.