Family Not Saying How TV Anchor Went Missing

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missing-anchorSANTA BARBARA, Calif. (KTLA) — The family of a TV anchor who went missing and was later found safe is calling her disappearance a private matter.

Paula Lopez, 48, works at KEYT in Santa Barbara and used to anchor in Los Angeles.

Sheriff’s deputies in Santa Barbara said her family contacted them on Wednesday morning, saying she could not be located.

Lopez is a longtime fixture in the community and is married to a Superior Court judge.

Deputies conducted a search in the air and on the ground using search dogs.

The rapid response raised questions about whether the family received favorable treatment.

News footage showed Lopez’s husband, Frank Ochoa, arriving at the home Wednesday night in his gray Lexus with what appeared to be a woman in the passenger’s seat.

At around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, her family called Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Public Safety Dispatch to report that Lopez was home safe.

When Deputies responded to her residence they confirmed she was there and no longer missing.

But authorities are not commenting on the reasons surrounding why Lopez went missing.

“Paula has been located,” a family spokesman told reporters on Wednesday night. “We’re not giving out any details right now.”

Lopez, who spent six years at KCAL-TV Channel 9 in Los Angeles, co-anchors the Santa Barbara station’s 11 p.m. broadcast.

She returned to KEYT in 1996 to spend more time with her family. She and her husband have three children.

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