Southern California’s travel softball community is grieving after the loss of a young teenager who played for OC Batbusters – Shockey.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed at 5:14 pm on Monday Jan 22 that Emma Pangelinan’s body had been discovered at Pinecrest Park in Mission Viejo. She had been listed as missing and “at risk” by the Sheriff’s Department since around 9am.
The Sheriff’s Department said someone found her body in a heavily brushed area at the park. Investigators said the death did not appear suspicious. This often means there were no obvious signs of trauma or struggle. But a full investigation and autopsy will be conducted by the Orange County Coroner’s office.
A gofundme page has been created to help support the family in this difficult time.
There is also a meal train where people can sign up to cook meals for the family.
Firecrackers President Tony Rico expressed his condolences to the family as she played for the Firecrackers Holcomb-Knight team last season.
Catching Coach Jen Schro posted on Facebook that Emma was a regular student of Morgan Stuart’s defensive lessons .
Many other coaches and Southern California travel teams also expressed their sadness over her loss.
The softball community in Southern California awoke to this desperate plea from the team, which state that she had gone missing and was last seen on Sunday afternoon.