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Family troubled by aspects of missing woman case

Posted: January 7, 2013 6:23 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2013 6:23 p.m.
Friends and family of missing Sarah Alarid put up posters across town. Friends and family of missing Sarah Alarid put up posters across town.
Friends and family of missing Sarah Alarid put up posters across town.

Family members of a local woman missing since a New Year’s Eve party are particularly troubled about a few aspects in the case as they continue to scour the Santa Clarita Valley for clues.

Sarah Kaylyn Alarid, 19, never returned home from a New Year’s Eve party — prompting her parents to file a missing-person report and her friends to post fliers around the Santa Clarita Valley.

Most worrisome for those close to the missing woman is the absolute lack of any communication.

“We’re at a loss,” said the woman’s uncle, Brian Alarid who is locally spearheading search efforts.
“She cherished her friends a lot and there is not one Facebook update or text message or phone call,” Alarid said Monday. “There’s been no activity and that’s what is scary.
“This is so completely out of character for her to be out of touch with her friends,” he said.

The last call Sarah Alarid made on her cell phone was 3:41 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Since then, the phone has been turned off, according to her uncle because relatives have been trying unsuccessfully to track the phone’s location through its GPS - global positioning satellite - function.

“We can’t get a GPS fix because the phone is off,” Alarid said.

On Monday, scores of volunteers gathered in the parking lot of the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall across from Fire Station 126 on Citrus Street.

“We were concentrating our efforts on Valencia Monday,” Alarid said.

On the weekend, volunteers gathered in a shopping center in Canyon Country where they spread out looking in places that included the Santa Clara River wash.

They found nothing.

Parents of the missing woman are “drained and frustrated,” Alarid said.

His brother Mike, the missing woman’s father, is “out there kicking butt,” he said.

“The mom is very upset and beside herself,” he added.

A team of detectives assigned to the Homicide Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department continue to search for the missing woman.

They’ve interviewed everyone who was at the party that Sarah Alarid attended, said the woman’s uncle.

Sarah Alarid was one of about three people left at the party, Alarid said.

“At one point, two of her friends went out for cigarettes and they came back to the party,” he said.
“The mom hears a knock at the door and sees it’s them.  She tells them they’re welcome to stay the night.”

At one point, Sarah Alarid was seen with the two men in the patio in the backyard of the party house, he said.

“Sarah decided to go, but no one heard her leave,” he said. “She probably went out a side gate.”

The woman placed two unsuccessful calls on her cell phone to one of the two men left at the party, he said.
The last call was logged at 3:41 a.m.

Since then, there has been no trace of Sarah Alarid or her car.

Detectives are looking for a 2002 Ford Focus, silver, four-door, with a faded decal of the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon on the left side of the rear window. The car’s California license plate is 4WXE737.

Anyone with information about Alarid’s disappearance is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau, Missing Person’s Detail, at (323) 890-5500.
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