Sarah Alarid's friends, family gather for vigil after body found
Dozens of friends and family members gathered at a Canyon Country park Wednesday night to remember Sarah Alarid, the 19-year-old who was found dead in a remote mountain area earlier that day.
A body found in a ravine in Angeles National Forest along with a crashed silver sedan was determined to be that of Alarid, who disappeared after a New Year's Eve party, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. Officials believe Alarid died in an accident and said there were no early indications of foul play.
Friends and family organized searches in the days after Alarid's disappearance, posting flyers and asking for the public's help in finding the Santa Clarita teen.
"We didn’t know her, but we got the flyer on my door,” Teresa Azevedo told KTLA at the vigil. “We’ve been praying for her and watching the story on the news and the kids wanted to come out and show support.”
Alarid's family thanked the community for its support.
"It's an awesome feeling to see people come together like this. You don't see that anymore," her uncle, Brian Alarid, told KTLA. "Unfortunately it has to be something like this. But this is overwhelming."
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.
— Kate Mather and Richard Winton