Clues are sparse for woman last seen on Soboba Reservation
■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter
The search for 57-year-old Kathleen Haney continues, as the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is left without much evidence to pinpoint the woman who went missing in January.
Haney, who turned 57 last month, was last seen Sunday, Jan. 22. She drove her youngest daughter’s boyfriend, Kah “Kyle” Cagey, 26, to Soboba Indian Casino that night. Cagey’s mutilated body was found the next morning on the Soboba Reservation partially buried in a riverbed; he had reportedly been shot four times and burned. Nearly 25 feet from his body, Haney’s silver Chrysler Town & Country was found ablaze.
An investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s (RSCD) Homicide Unit immediately began that morning. Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Walter Mendez determined the fire to be “suspicious in nature,” and confirmed that Cagey’s death was classified as a homicide.
Michelle Marinez, Haney’s daughter, says that she spoke to a resident who lives on the reservation and watched as two burned vehicles were towed away that morning. Cagey’s phone was found in the other burned vehicle that belonged to Cagey’s cousin, who was murdered just days before him.
Since the time of Haney’s disappearance, investigators have had trouble finding anything substantially conclusive.
“We are only assisting as a liaison because they’ve taken it as far as they can,” updated RCSD Sgt. Robert Duckett, confirming that the case is still being handled by the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit. “They went out to mutual aid to bring in resources like scent dogs and human remains dogs. They went off of both live scent options and human remain options, and nothing. They had a big push a few weeks ago and canvassed from different regional areas. Mutual aid came in from San Diego and San Luis Obispo to assist.”
“She [Haney] was only collateral damage, because she saw whatever happened to Kyle,” believes Marinez.
Marinez just gave birth to her second child in February, and is regretful that her mother wasn’t there to see it. “We’re not trying to discover where our dog is…this is our mom. My mom is the kind of person – if she was alive – she would try to get away in every single possible way.”
“We don’t know if Kathleen was the victim of foul play or not, but have not found any information to dictate either way,” added Duckett.
Haney, who is considered a high-risk missing person, was last seen on Soboba surveillance footage, where she and Kyle visibly drove from the casino onto the reservation. Hours later, a non-Native “citizen” called in the fire. Haney is described by her family as “always trying to help everybody,” and “the last of a dying breed.”
Anyone with information regarding this investigation or the whereabouts of Haney can contact Investigator Jose Vasquez of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3529. Callers can refer to incident file number D170230024 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.