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Fears grow about missing UCLA student Nancy Salas; officials to widen search

May 13, 2010 |  6:41 am

Nancy SalasGlendale police on Thursday stepped up their search for a 22-year-old UCLA student who went missing under suspicious  circumstances Wednesday.

In addition to having searchers fan out, police said they were going to examine Nancy Salas' cellphone records and computer to see if they might offer clues.

Salas, a third-year UCLA student, was last seen about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday when she went for her usual morning jog from her home in the 2000 block of Eleanore Drive, the Glendale Police Department said. She left behind her cellphone and keys.

Police were using helicopters, bloodhounds and heat-seeking devices to search rugged terrain in Chevy Chase Canyon. Park rangers were assisting by checking the steep hiking trails where Salas normally jogged, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said

Salas' father contacted police Wednesday after he had searched for his daughter by car. 

Bloodhounds briefly picked up a scent Wednesday but were unable to find Salas.

Her family said it was not like Salas to disappear and were worried she might have been the victim of foul play.

Salas was wearing a yellow jacket, dark pants, white T-shirt and white sneakers. She is about 5 feet tall and weighs about 115 pounds, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Glendale police at (818) 548-4911.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Nancy Salas. Credit: Glendale Police Department