Sarah Alarid's body found in forest; detectives suspect accident
Authorities so far have determined no signs of foul play in the death of a missing woman found dead Wednesday in a remote mountain area.
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.
“All indications are right now that it’s an accident scene. There’s no indication of foul play, but investigators are still processing the scene,” said Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities saw the 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. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said she left the party after getting into an argument with an ex-boyfriend.
Alarid’s parents went to the scene of a nearby reported shallow grave in Big Tujunga Canyon earlier in the morning, but arrived later above the ravine on Sand Canyon Road where their daughter’s car was recovered, KTLA-TV Channel 5 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.
-- Richard Winton