Erika Lloyd: Missing Walnut Creek Woman
Erika Lloyd was a California mom who vanished after she set out on a ‘pandemic road trip’. Lloyd was last seen setting off from her home in Walnut Creek on June 14 last year, intending to drive seven hours to Joshua Tree National Park.
The mother-of-one’s disappearance sparked a large-scale search which came to end on January 31, when hikers discovered human remains on a desert trail in Wonder Valley – about 15 miles northeast of Joshua Tree.
How old was Erika Lloyd?
Erika Lloyd was 37 years old at the time of death.
Months-long search for mo who vanished after departing for ‘pandemic road trip’ to Joshua Tree ends in tragedy
The family of Erika Lloyd confirmed human remains found by hikers in a desert field in Wonder Valley were those of the 37-year-old single mom.https://t.co/0sWWJbLyuA
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 20, 2021
Erika Lloyd Found Dead
Dental records confirmed that the remains were those of Lloyd, with her family making the sad announcement in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
‘It is with a heavy heart we announce that the remains have been identified by San Bernardino County’s Sheriff Department as Erika,’ Lloyd’s brother, Colin, wrote. ‘Close to 8 months have passed since Erika disappeared and we have been blessed by countless efforts of selflessness and compassion on part of the community and our family.’
It is unclear whether Lloyd met with foul play or simply lost her bearings after setting off on a hike in Wonder Valley. Her black Honda Accord was found damaged and abandoned at the edge of the Joshua Tree National Park, near the town of Twentynine Palms, on June 16.
The front and back windows of the vehicle had been smashed out.
Erika Lloyd Cause of Death
Lloyd’s cause of death is still being investigated.
Erika Lloyd Funeral
On Saturday, Colin Lloyd shared photos of a ‘memorial garden’ created near the place where Erika’s remains were discovered. The memorial featured two crosses made from wood, and stones set out in the shape of a love heart.
‘Erika adored everyone; she left a bright smile on everyone’s heart; she would remind you of who you truly were and how important and loved you were; she warmed your soul. Let us hold her spirit dearly, and allow it to work through us to serve others (what she would want us to do),’ Colin wrote.
Erika Lloyd Parents, Family
Lloyd’s parents – Wayne and Ruth – told KESQ that their daughter decided to take the road trip as she wanted a change of scenery amid the lockdown.
‘Being locked down for almost three months, not being able to work and trying to home school her son – it was starting to get to her,’ Ruth stated.
She added that her daughter may have also felt ‘pressure’ as she had no form of income. Last August, Ruth told the news network that she was looking after Lloyd’s 12-year-old son. At the time, he was constantly asking as to his mother’s whereabouts.
‘He says ‘Are you calling about my mom? Are you talking to people? … So he misses her,’ Ruth stated.