Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Kianna Jackson was last seen on October 3, 2013, in Costa Mesa. She called her mother on October 2 and told her she was taking the bus to Santa Ana from her home in Las Vegas for a court date. According to court records, Jackson was due to appear on four misdemeanor charges of prostitution and loitering to commit prostitution. She did show up for her court date.
The next day she stopped answering her phone. Jackson has not been in contact with friends and family since early October. She was last known to be staying at the Motel 6 in Santa Ana, California.
She and two other women, Monique Vargas and Martha Anaya, who frequented the same Santa Ana neighborhood are missing. In the span of two months, the three women who frequented tough Santa Ana neighborhoods known for drug dealing and prostitution disappeared.
After one semester of college, Jackson, from Willits, left Northern California for Las Vegas. She told her mother that she was considering working for an escort service.
Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon are facing multiple charges of the murder, rape and kidnapping of four women: Kianna Jackson, 20; Josephine Monique Vargas, 34; Martha Anaya, 27; and Jarrae Estepp, 21. They've pleaded not guilty. A grand jury indicted Franc Cano, 28, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, on kidnapping, rape and murder charges in regard to the four deaths. They were on parole at the time the women disappeared. Both have served prison terms for sex attacks on children under the age of 14 and were wearing court-ordered GPS devices.
The body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp was found on a conveyor belt at a trash sorting facility in Anaheim, Los Angeles.
When Jarrae Estepp's body was found police began searching all GPS monitoring devices for registered sex offenders in the area. That's when they linked Cano to the murders based on his paths traced on his GPS tracker, and then later brought Gordon in for questioning. After the two were arrested, authorities later found from the GPS trackers that the men were frequenting red light districts where the victims were last seen. Cano's DNA matched the DNA that police found on Estrepp's body.
When police took Gordon into custody, he confessed to the murders. He pickied out photos from a lineup of the four women who were killed. Gordon told authorities in the interview when and where the murders took place. However, Gordon said a fifth victim was missing from the photo lineup, though that woman was never identified.
Gordon allegedly confessed that he picked up Kianna Jackson on Harbour Boulevard with Cano hiding in the back seat and took her to an industrial area the two were known to frequent. He then strangled her. Police believe the missing women were put in a trash dumpster and now lie buried in Sylmar or Brea landfills. Gordon and Cano could face the death penalty if convicted.
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Santa Ana Police Department