A car registered to a missing 19-year-old Santa Clarita woman was found today in a ravine in the Angeles National Forest, and a body was discovered nearby.
The vehicle was found off Sand Canyon Road near the Bear Divide Access Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which sent personnel to the location shortly before 10 a.m.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the car was that of Sarah Alarid of Santa Clarita, who has been missing since New Year’s Day.
A body apparently was found at the scene, but authorities had not yet confirmed if it was the missing woman, Whitmore said. Homicide detectives were on the scene.
In the same general area, authorities were also investigating the discovery of what could be a shallow grave near mile marker 2.92 near Big Tujunga Canyon Road.
“It appears to be a shallow grave, but we don’t know for sure at this point,” Whitmore said.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives also went to the scene of the excavation, which was apparently discovered by hikers overnight.
Alarid was last seen at 3 a.m. on Tuesday Jan. 1.
She had an argument with an ex- boyfriend at a party and left in her car. The party was in the Shadow Pines neighborhood of Canyon Country, at a friend’s house on Poppy Meadow Street.
Also reported missing at that time was her 2002 silver Ford Focus, California license plate 4WXE747.