Amalia Monserrat Marquez
Marquez, approximately 1998
Date reported missing : 04/27/1998
Missing location (approx) :
Los Angeles, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 04/04/1955 (66)
Age at the time of disappearance: 43 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 130 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic female. Gray hair, brown eyes. Marquez may use the name Talia Bey. She is of Puerto Rican descent.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Marquez was last seen in Los Angeles, California during April 1998. She was the president of ClearGreen Inc. prior to her disappearance; ClearGreen followed the teachings of the author/guru Carlos Castaneda and led seminars based off his methods.
Marquez got involved Castaneda's group in the early 1990s and became one of his closest followers. He forced his followers to distance themselves from their families and to use alias names; Marquez's name was Talia Bey. At one point, Marquez called her mother in Puerto Rico to ask for all the family photos that included her; she wanted to destroy them. When her father was dying, he called Cleargreen in hopes of speaking to her one last time, but Marquez refused to talk to him.
Castaneda died of liver cancer on April 27, 1998, but his death was not made public for three or mouth months. After his death was announced in the news, Marquez's family tried to reach out to her, but they were unable to find her.
Marquez collected Castaneda's ashes after his cremation, and they disappeared along with her. The same month Castaneda died and Marquez disappeared, four of his other female disciples/concubines went missing. They all had been longtime followers of him.
The individuals are Regine "Gina" Thal, who used the alias Florinda Donner-Grau; Maryann Simko, who used the aliases Anna Marie Carter and Taisha Abelar; Dee Ann Jo Ahlvers, who used the alias Kylie Lundahl; and Patricia Parin, who use the alias Nuri Alexander. All of their telephone numbers were reportedly disconnected on the same day. Photographs and additional information for the women are unavailable.
Parin's car was found abandoned at the end of a dirt road leading to the Big Four mine at the base of Panamint Butte at Death Valley National Park in 1998. In 2003, hikers found her partial skeletal remains at the edge of Panamint Dunes, but the bones were not identified until 2006. The other women remain missing. There were rumors that they had all died by suicide and their bodies were in the area where Parin's remains were found.
Marquez's family lives in Puerto Rico and they are still searching for her. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Los Angeles Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
Sustained Action: an Investigation Into the Legacy of Carlos Castaneda
Wikipedia entry for Carlos Castaneda
The Pahrump Valley Times
October 12, 2004. March 25, 2019; date of disappearance corrected, picture added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
Interactive Missing Person Search Map