Sarah Alarid’s Body Recovered in Sand Canyon Ravine

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.

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154 comments

  • Cyn Country resident

    This is the result of one of two likely scenarios: She was murdered and her car with her body was sent down the side of a steep road or she died as a result of DUI driving. To the Alarid family, I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that she was obviously loved by her family. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost.

    May she rest in peace.

    • sutter

      You are a law enforcement officer or someone else with inside knowledge of the situation, or you're just bored and speculating that she was murdered or drunk? Touching that you express condolences, but your specualtion does no one any good and could cause anguish to family or friends. You need to find better uses of your time.

    • ResponsibleReporting

      Wow nice and bleak. There are other scenarios especially if you have driven that road before, as I have, and know that its a very dark road and anyone unfamiliar could misjudge a turn especially with oncoming traffic.

    • Maria

      I agree with Cyn Country resident……99% of kids TODAY at her age DRINK at parties!!! AND, at what hour did this happen?? You kids always think that it will NEVER happen to me!!!
      DON’T DRINK & DRIVE wasn’t written for LOOKS!!! TAKE it to heart!!! IT’S REAL!!! WHAT a tragedy!!!

      • judgementally yours

        You kids? My aren't you generalizing. I really doubt that it's 99%. Even if that were the case, that doesn't mean she was. I never drank at parties even when I was only one not doing so. The point is nobody can know that right now and even if she was, that doesn't change the fact that her family is suffering.

    • jessica muns

      Ppl your all being rediculous. I knew her and she was a drinker. I know she drank at the party so sadly this is most likelythe result of that. Thats better then thinking she was murdered. Just wait for the autopsy report. Its a tragic thing and her friends are all in mourning so lets not assume the worst just yet.

    • Alumen

      Oh ok just "one of two likely scenarios"
      Thanks Columbo
      Maybe they need you on the scene over there instead of on the internet.

    • some people

      DUI driving hmmmm so she might have been driving under the influence driving? Stop jumping to morbid conclusions and stealing quotes ( "I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine"), and show some compassion to the family who lost a daughter in a very unfortunate accident. My stepdaughter was a friend of hers and she was a very sweet and caring girl, not only did her parents loose a daughter but the world lost a very amazing young lady.

    • HummingBull

      It is sad in any event. I am not going to jump to conclusions.

      Outside of being just plain callous, when you quote Lincoln, give credit.

    • Trully Appalled

      · 7 minutes ago

      Canyon Country Resident- With the news of this tragedy quickly spreading, there is much speculation. We don't know what really happned and just becusae you put a condolence at the end of your heartless and presumptous comment it doesn't give you the right to spout off at the mouth and put ill thoughts and assumptions out there to poison the integrity of this young girl. You do not know her personally, you do not know her values, or morals and by implying there was drinking involved when that has not been mentioned this intire investigation you are doing nothing more than questioning them! While you are intitled to your opinion and that is exactly all it is, your opinion, I can't help but be reminded of the old saying, "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it at all". Further more, unless you were apart of the community that came together and went door to door, donating your time and sweat I am even more inclined to tell you where to shove it!!

      • HellCat

        Actually, it has been confirmed by people at the party that she attended that she had in fact been drinking.

        On a lighter note, you spelled entire wrong.

    • TheBerryPatch

      Let's try another scenario (we could probably come up with hundreds), her tire blew out and lost control of the car. How about ANOTHER driver ran her off the road. I wouldn't even accept your hypocritical condolences if I were her family. What you need to do is pray to our Heavenly Father that he helps you be less judgmental of others.

    • AZ1

      How about not assuming alcohol was involved. Let the facts be determined. Teens and young adults are not experienced drivers. A family is now coming to grips with the outcome most feared. May they find the love and support they need to get through this time.

    • FastRX8

      WOW!!! She was murdered or she was drunk! That's how you preface "I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation"? You're praying for them have only "cherished" memories, but first you paint the picture of a murdered or drunk girl. Never, ever, go into the greeting card business.
      How about the idea that maybe it was an accident? Tire blow out on a turn? Swerved to dodge a car or animal? Fell asleep at the wheel?

    • scvmom1

      I don't understand why you would post what you think the Two Likely Scenarios might be. You should have kept those thoughts to yourself! Don't you think this family is going through hell right now trying to understand what has happened their daughter without your imput. Shame on you.

    • Lori

      Dear "Canyon Country resident"….how big of you to give us two scenarios of this accident. No matter the reason for this accident you don't have the right to even suggest DUI. Or maybe you just love the attention getting "holier than thou" attitude you have.

    • Anonymous

      Actually my good friend was with her that and knew for a fact that she was sober. There were no substances in her system.

    • justkeke

      although those are 2 scenarios, she could have been distracted. Not necessarily intoxicated or high. It was late and dark and maybe her vision was impaired. Lots of things could've happened. Not everyone who loses their life (or takes another's life) in an accident is drunk. So lets save the speculation(s). I have been completely blinded by someone's brights on before and couldn't see for a matter of seconds.If this was a turn, she may have misjudged her speed – sober people do that ALL the time. I feel for her family.

    • Cruz

      I knew Sarah for a little but she was teen whose goal was to stay sober and for you make any speculations about how this teenager died is something to keep to your self…. I ensure you that the loved ones who knew her personally, especially myself, would not like to hear your negative comments so try and try and keep them to yourself.

      May Sarah be remembered and rest in peace

    • andrew

      right… could have drove drunk but maybe not. toxicology will show. so tragic. its not hard to drive safely. people are so stupid when it comes to driving.

  • Lana

    OMG,,,,This is so heartbreaking. This young woman hasn't even had a chance to live. My question is have they ever been in contract with an ex boyfriend she was arguing with. Fingers will be pointing at him.
    My prayers to her family and friends, whom, im sure are beyond devastation. I do hope justice will be served!!!!

    • Statingtheobvious

      It had nothing to do with her Ex. I love how the news lets some false information out (like her getting into a fight with her Ex) and then everyone runs off with the idea he killed her.

      You are a MORON!

    • TheBerryPatch

      I know Sarah and the ex boyfriend and his family personally, and he had nothing to do with it. They didn't even have an argument. The news blows things out of proportion sometimes. I'm not gonna call you any names because you're only going by what you've heard on the news. But I'm just telling you so you're a little better informed.

    • tree house josh

      you should just wish her and her family the best. if you dont know anything about her. her boyfriend doesn't need pressure from people like you who just assume. if you KNEW her, you would know that is not the case.

  • Thomas

    So easy to speculate when you know nothing of the situation. It is a wonder our society is so overweight with all the 'jumping to conclusion'.

  • Carrie

    Cyn Country resident…seriously?? Dont go accusing anyone of drinking and driving. Kids arent the greatest drivers, especially on winding roads so dont be rude and assume!!

    • Statingtheobvious

      It's easy to accuse when her own friends say she was drinking at the party… Not really accusing if there were actual FACTS

    • nomad

      Most kids in SCV drink. I know personally in my close group of friends growing up.. out of the 10 of us 8 have DUI's. It's sad that she's gone, and I'm sure her parents know or will know the actual cause of death by night fall. But even if it wasn't a DUI it is something everyone should open their eyes to. For years I have seen friends get into hard drugs and drinking at a young age. I'll admit I had been involved in underage drinking when I was in high school, but I would never get behind a wheel or in a car with someone under the influence. I feel like it's a taboo subject for most parents to talk to there kids about it and be so open. This accident aside, I really wish there was a way for our town to pull together and realize that there is a problem here. Too many times have things been swept under the carpet or kids have gotten a slap on the wrist or a "don't do it again". News flash there's a huge Heroin problem, drinking problem, coke problem and smoking problem in this town. And until you stop thinking this is the perfect suburbia, nothing will change.

      As to her family, my condolences to you. I cant even imagine the struggle you're going through now. and I wish there was a way I could help even though I do not know you. I hope her service is as beautiful as she is and you remember all the great times you had.

    • Carol

      I so agree, my son is 23 and he goes to parties but he doesn't drink. He may have one drink just to blend in. Some people just don't think before they type or say things. My heart breaks for her family.

    • Scarlet

      Come on – New Year's Eve party, left at 3 am, friends saying she was drinking at the party…what other evidence do you need?? I'm betting that she was drinking and driving.Don't get me wrong, I still hope that she rests in peace, but I'm also glad that she didn't take anyone else with her.

    • steph

      My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, my son almost died that night too he was not drinking or
      Doing anything crazy he went up to mt wilson to see fireworks and hit black ice coming down and flipped his jeep. Thank God he had an angel with him and he was ok. Shame on anyone for suspecting dui or murder. It is bad enough what her parents are going through dont make it worse!

  • Laura

    Agreed Thomas! This is a horrible tragedy and most likely is just an accident. I drive that road every weekend and that road is notorious for accidents. People drive too fast and aren't able to manuever those tight corners. I hope that this is just an accident, not a DUI or some other awful scenario that people like to conjur up. Either way, this woman's life was taken way too soon.

  • Debbie

    Sending prayers to the Alarid family and friends who can only be heartbroken. Seeing the outreach of support in her search shows she must have been very loved in her short life. RIP Sarah

  • Rosie Contreras

    My deepest condolence goes to out to the family and friends. I am truly happy they found her but very sad in this condition but at least the family will be able to give her a proper barrel and have closure. So many girls go missing without ever being found. Aww as a mother my heart breaks for the parents. And as far as the boyfriend sad that there last moment together was a disagreement something he will forever have to live with I pray comfort for his mind.

  • Crystal

    This makes me so sad. I'm sure her family had hopes for her to return safely home. I'm glad that at least she has been found and can be buried. May god bless her family.

  • Kev

    Horrible tragic loss. May the Lord give her family and friends the strength to get through this tragedy. Her parents must be devastated. It breaks my heart.

  • desiboo

    Hmmm maybe some other drunk person ran her off the road? maybe she simply lost control of her vehicle, maybe an animal ran in front of her car…Im not much older than this girl and I rarely drink when at parties…yes many do but quit trying to be the authority. Seriously , " oh hey your kid was probably drunk and killed her self or someone killed her and dumped her body and I hope I can give you some words of condolescene" are you kidding me , disgusting.

  • Cindy

    There were ice warnings issued for that area that night. Could have been black ice and inexperience with those driving conditions.

    • nomad

      Most kids in SCV drink. I know personally in my close group of friends growing up.. out of the 10 of us 8 have DUI's. It's sad that she's gone, and I'm sure her parents know or will know the actual cause of death by night fall. But even if it wasn't a DUI it is something everyone should open their eyes to. For years I have seen friends get into hard drugs and drinking at a young age. I'll admit I had been involved in underage drinking when I was in high school, but I would never get behind a wheel or in a car with someone under the influence. I feel like it's a taboo subject for most parents to talk to there kids about it and be so open. This accident aside, I really wish there was a way for our town to pull together and realize that there is a problem here. Too many times have things been swept under the carpet or kids have gotten a slap on the wrist or a "don't do it again". News flash there's a huge Heroin problem, drinking problem, coke problem and smoking problem in this town. And until you stop thinking this is the perfect suburbia, nothing will change.

      • neanderthal

        Unfortunately this isn't you or your friends. Stop rushing to the assumption that she is personally under the influence. It is a possibility but lets look at the facts 61 percent of adults drink in the united states with 25 percent abstaining over the course of their life. And I think people are aware of the "DUI" facts 30 percent of all accidents nationally are due to drunk drivers, this rate increases to 46 on new years. There is a 1/5 probability that it is a DUI case due to accidents involving two parties.

    • kelly

      I hope they release the tox test and I hope it is negative but if it is not all Teenagers need to know that it is reality that drinking and driving is so dangerous. I am sure Sarah never thought that that would be her last new years party or the last time she would see her friends and family. Teenagers don't think that far and we as the adults should on a continue basis remind them. We can't police them all the time but we can sure continue to plant that seed. Plant the seed in your children as well as your childrens friends. Drinking , smoking weed may seem like no big deal , but just don't drive and always double up with a friend when driving, never go out alone. Use the buddy system. And if it's early in the morning just sleep at a friends house. That could have been anyone of our children and my heart goes out to her family. I am so sorry..

  • Monterey

    This is not a place to argue or disagree with what anyone has to say. Say your peace and wish the family well but there is no need to make this about what we all think and believe. This poor young girls life has ended to early and we should all pray in silence.

  • Courtney Tomey

    I've known Sarah since we were kids. R.I.P Sarah. Please refrain from unnecessary comments, that is not going to help her family or friends in any way. We love you Sarah <3

  • Lynn

    So sorry to hear this . My thoughts are with the family . All u others need to get a life come on not on here not now jeezeeee

  • Truly Appalled

    Canyon Country Resident- With the news of this tragedy quickly spreading, there is much speculation. We don't know what really happned and just becusae you put a condolence at the end of your heartless and presumptous comment it doesn't give you the right to spout off at the mouth and put ill thoughts and assumptions out there to poison the integrity of this young girl. You do not know her personally, you do not know her values, or morals and by implying there was drinking involved when that has not been mentioned this intire investigation you are doing nothing more than questioning them! While you are intitled to your opinion and that is exactly all it is, your opinion, I can't help but be reminded of the old saying, "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it at all". Further more, unless you were apart of the community that came together and went door to door, donating your time and sweat I am even more inclined to tell you where to shove it!!