SAND CANYON (KTLA) – The body of Sarah Alarid, the Canyon Country teen who has been missing since leaving a New Year’s Eve party, was found on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old left the party around 3 a.m., telling friends she was headed home.
But when she never arrived, family members notified authorities and the search began.
It ended Wednesday morning when Alarid’s body, and her silver Ford Focus hatchback, were found 200 feet down a ravine off Sand Canyon Road near the Bear Divide Access Road and Little Tujunga Canyon Road.
Investigators from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office were dispatched to the scene, along with LA County Fire and the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
“We have confirmation that it is the missing girl from Canyon Country,” said Lt. Dave Dolson of the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
“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.”
Sarah Alarid’s parents Mike and Laura Alarid, who had gone to the scene of a reported shallow grave in Big Tujunga Canyon earlier in the morning, went instead to the scene above the ravine on Sand Canyon Road where Sarah’s car was recovered.
The family later thanked everyone who participated in the search for the well-loved teenager.
“We want to say Thank You to all the friends, family and the community of Sarah Alarid. Your support has been amazing. Our gratitude towards everyone’s efforts can not be expressed enough along with the generous donations from the community.
Special thanks to all the volunteers, facebook community, fire fighters, search and rescue, law enforcement authorities, media, local business owners, and… the entire community for all the support!
Everyone has been asking how they can help, we need help taking down the posters and flyers through the streets of Santa Clarita and surrounding areas.
We love and miss Sarah very much! Please respect the family’s time of grieving. Not only is this a tragedy for the family but also for the community and we understand that. Comfort and prayers are needed now for all.”
The family is holding a candle light vigil tonight at 8:00pm at Todd Longshore Park 28151 White Canyon Road in Canyon County.