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In fact, on Livejournal.com, Bullwinkle posted entries up to a week before she vanished that mentioned a crisis she was having with some friends. She appeared ready to move ‰ on and make new relationships. “Now it is time for me to move on from those things and those horrible people that I somehow was friends with and go find my real friends, the ones that I didn’t listen to when they tried to steer me in the right direction.”
On October 4, three weeks after the 98-pound teen disappeared, two Redlands residents playing paintball along San Timoteo Creek, about a half mile from the intersection of San Timoteo Canyon and Allessandro roads, discovered Bullwinkle’s remains down a 28-foot embankment buried under an orange, weathered couch. The two men drove the two miles to the Redlands Police station to report their grisly findings. Bullwinkle was partially buried in a shallow grave and was still wearing the clothes she went to work in: a Juxtapose blue tank top, a “Chico” camouflage colored jacket and a pair of size three Levi’s 518 blue jeans. What looked like marijuana was found tucked between her pants and underwear in a Ziploc baggy. Also discovered at the scene was an “O” ring, a broken cell phone, writings, a green canvas bag, a shovel handle, cassette tapes, rubber and leather gloves, as well as a bullet casing from a .25-caliber pistol.
A few days later, the San Bernardino County coroner ruled that the teen died from a gunshot wound to the head. The first shot was non-fatal and was one inch long by one inch wide and grazed the top left side of her head. The second was fatal, entering the right rear side of her head.
It was probably the worst place possible for Bullwinkle to die. Not that there ever is a good place, but Bullwinkle especially hated that area, known to residents as “Ghost Town.” That part of the citrus grove is filled with burned-down and abandoned homes and a railroad track that winds its way through the canyon. She had previously been to the site with her friend Austin Martin and was so terrified she clung to him the entire time and made him leave after 10 to 15 minutes. Noordman told police that Bullwinkle would not have gone back there unless she was with people she knew or if cocaine was involved. “She would have done anything for coke. She would have walked back there if she had to,” said Noordman.
In retrospect, it was strange to some that Bullwinkle and Noordman would become so tight, since Noordman was especially fond of scaring her friends. Bullwinkle definitely didn’t like to be scared. Classmate Heather Hill was a victim of such a prank when she went over to hang out with Noordman and Noordman’s then-boyfriend Marco Diaz at Noordman’s house. The two locked her in a closet, and while she pleaded to be let out, they laughed outside the door. “I was terrified,” said Hill. “She thought it was a joke.” Noordman liked to put bugs in Hill’s face too. “She liked to see people freak out. It would give her satisfaction.”
More than 400 family members and friends, including Noordman and Guerrero, attended Bullwinkle’s memorial service at Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands. In his eulogy, Bullwinkle’s friend Richard Tanner jokingly remarked on Bullwinkle’s eclectic style: “She wanted to be a designer of ugly dresses,” he said.
Around the same time, a makeshift memorial was erected by the San Timoteo Canyon train tracks a half-mile from where Bullwinkle’s body was found, just two miles from her home. The memorial, built by Noordman, is still standing and is decorated with large painted rocks, flowers and candles. A photo of Bullwinkle, a male friend and Noordman, who has been recently cut out of it, is propped up next to a rock with the lyrics from “1,000 Oceans” by Tori Amos, one of Bullwinkle’s favorite songs. Written above the photograph are the words “Sorry I couldn’t protect you” and “I would have died 4 you.” The message was written “with love by Kinzie Noordman.”
NOORDMAN TOLD HER BOYFRIEND that on the day Bullwinkle disappeared she had received a call from Bullwinkle, who asked her to take her car to the Ontario Mills Mall and drop it off. She did in fact drive Bullwinkle’s car to the mall, where Guerrero would pick her up.
But when Bullwinkle went missing that Saturday, Noordman told police a slightly different tale. She said she had plans with Bullwinkle and became concerned when she didn’t return her phone calls. Noordman told police she was so concerned that she dragged mutual friend Daniel Fanica along to drive by her home the next day. Fanica, who was oblivious to the red herring, verified this to police.
Noordman also told police of a dicey encounter she and Bullwinkle had with Mike McMillan and Eric McGloughlin when looking to score drugs weeks earlier at Noordman’s home in Redlands. According to Noordman, the two best friends were with Bullwinkle’s co-worker Cassandra Oniveros, McMillan, who is Oniveros’ cousin, and McGloughlin. According to Noordman’s police statement, the girls became worried the men were going to do “something sexual.” They were supposedly so fearful they called over a friend, Ryan Guy, who agreed to standby as a bodyguard.