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Missing Glendale woman not a UCLA student, deceived parents, police say

May 13, 2010 | 11:28 am

Glendale police said Thursday that a missing 22-year-old woman who had been the subject of an intense search over the last 24 hours had been deceiving her parents and her friends and was not a student at UCLA as she had told them.

Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said the investigation into the disappearance of Nancy Salas had gone “sideways.”

Salas, who was last seen at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday when she told her family she was going out for a jog, was last enrolled at the school in 2008.

“There’s obviously a deception,” Lorenz said. “I don’t want to go so far as to call it a double life.”

Her mother and father, who had reported her missing, had been planning a graduation party for her next month.

Brenda Li Gonzalez, a friend of Salas who first met her 10 years ago at Chevy Chase Baptist Church, said she too was under the impression that Salas was enrolled at UCLA and would be graduating.

Gonzales said Salas told her she was applying to schools on the East Coast to get a master's degree in public health and that she hoped to work for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-- Kate Linthicum in Glendale