Homicide detectives say there are no signs of trauma or foul play after a woman who disappeared earlier this month was found dead Wednesday at a home in the hills above Malibu.
Julia Snyder, 53, was last seen alive Feb. 8 at her residence on the 4300 block of Ocean View Drive. Her body was found in a crawl space beneath the hillside house around 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
That area hadn't been checked despite three searches of the property in the past 11 days, possibly because a piece of plywood had been placed over the entrance, sheriff's Lt. Barry Hall said.
“It appears to us she’s been there since the day she was reported missing,” Hall told reporters Wednesday evening.
An autopsy will have to be performed before authorities can determine an official cause of death.
Family friends told KTLA the home belongs to Snyder's parents, and she had been living there since hers was destroyed in the Woolsey Fire.
“It’s just strange, because having seen her the day before the night that she went missing — you just put two and two together and you feel it deep down in your heart,” Malibu City Councilman Jefferson Wagner said.
Wagner added that the Wednesday's discovery was “really tough on the family.”
The Sheriff's Department said Snyder has bipolar disorder, and she was without medication when she vanished.
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— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) February 13, 2020