CANYON COUNTRY, Calif. (KTLA) — It was a night of silence in solidarity at Todd Longshore Park in Canyon Country.
People gathered to remember 19-year-old Sarah Alarid, and her family members thanked the community for endless support during the last week of uncertainty.
The young woman disappeared after she left a New Year’s Eve party in the early morning hours.
Investigators finally found her car and her body 200 feet down a ravine off Sand Canyon Road on Wednesday.
Sky 5 was overhead when members of the L.A. County Coroner’s Office, Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene.
People did not want the search for Sarah to end this way.
“We didn’t know her, but we got the flyer on my door,” said one local resident named Teresa, who attended 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.”
The community mobilized quickly to help spread the word about Sarah’s disappearance, distributing thousands and thousands of flyers around town.
The frantic search also became a top story on local news.
Now, her body has been found. But what factors led to Sarah Alarid plunging off a mountain road?
“It appears to be a traffic accident,” said Lt. Dave Dolson, of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
“Once we make the final determination that we don’t believe any foul play was involved, we’ll hand the investigation over to the California Highway Patrol,” he added.
An autopsy will be performed on Alarid to determine the exact cause of death.