BARSTOW - The daughter of an apparently schizophrenic woman whose body was found in the desert near Barstow last week is asking for the community's help for information about her mother's death.

A person riding an off-road vehicle found the body of Yvonne Marie Starling, 55, in the desert area south of Rimrock road and west of Grenada Road, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Deputies ruled the death suspicious. The body was believed to have been in the desert for one or two days but the cause of death can not be determined until an autopsy is performed.

Although the death has not been ruled a homicide, Starling's daughter Akila Simmons said she thinks her mother was murdered.

"I think maybe she got in the car with the wrong person," she said. "I do believe she was killed just because of where she was found."

Simmons said that until October, her mother was living with her in Victorville but moved to live with old friends at a mobile home park in Barstow. She said she didn't know where or who Starling was with at the time of her death. Simmons said she last spoke with her mother on Dec. 11.

She said Starling was diagnosed with schizophrenia 15 years ago and was receiving treatment for the illness and drug addiction at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Despite a criminal record with several drug-related offenses, Simmons said that her mother was not a violent person.

"She loved people; she was willing to give anybody anything she had," Simmons said. "She was just a very free-spirited, very strong-willed woman."

Simmons said that her mother was originally from San Bernardino but had moved around in recent years. She said that Starling is survived by her two daughters, a son and several grandchildren.

Anyone with information can call the Barstow station at 256-4838. To remain anonymous, contact WeTip at 1-8000-78-CRIME.