Missing girl ID'd in fatal ravine crash; no foul play suspected
A body found in a ravine in Angeles National Forest along with a crashed silver sedan has been identified as 19-year-old Sarah Alarid of Santa Clarita, who disappeared after a New Year's Eve party, sheriff's officials said.
Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said investigators think Alarid died in a solo vehicle crash. At this time, he said it appears to be an accident.
Authorities spotted the silver sedan down a ravine off Sand Canyon Road. The plates of the car matched those of a vehicle registered to Alarid.
She was last seen about 3 a.m. on New Year's Day, leaving a New Year's Eve party. She told friends she was headed home. Whitmore said she left the party after getting into an argument with an ex-boyfriend.
Sarah Alarid’s parents went to the scene of a nearby reported shallow grave in Big Tujunga Canyon earlier in the morning, but later arrived above the ravine on Sand Canyon Road where their daughter’s car was recovered, KTLA reported.
The family members had not seen the body in the ravine, but sheriff’s homicide investigators and coroner’s investigators made the positive identification.
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