SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA.com) — The body of a missing 19-year-old Santa Clarita woman was found Wednesday morning near her vehicle in a canyon in the Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said.
Sarah Alarid was last seen leaving a party in the Shadow Pines neighborhood of Canyon Country at 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Alarid reportedly had a tiff with an ex at the New Year’s Eve party and left in her 2002 silver Ford Focus.
Authorities discovered the vehicle in a ravine off Sand Canyon Road. Shortly after, the body was found near the wreckage.
Alarid’s uncle, Bryan Alarid, spoke to reporters at the scene. He said the car was found about ten minutes from the party’s location. “She used to like to come up here and hang out cause my brother’s fire station is right up there, above where the scene is and she could have gone up there just to hang out.”
CBS2 and KCAL9′s Brittney Hopper said a sheriff’s helicopter spotted Alarid’s Focus this morning. The car had plunged down a 350-foot ravine.
Toxicology reports will determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash. Foul play is not suspected.
Wednesday evening, Alarids’ family and friends gathered for a vigil in Canyon County to mourn.
Juan Fernandez, reporting for CBS2 and and KCAL9, attended the vigil.
The woman’s teary mother spoke to her daughter’s friends and remembered her child. “We love you. We’ll always love you. We’ll never forget you.”
At the vigil, the girl’s uncle called her “an awesome kid. She loved her family, her friends. She loved the outdoors. She loved being a 19-year-old. It’s just a tragedy that she’s gone.”
Her family told Fernandez they were grateful to the many people who searched for Sarah and the many businesses who provided flyers.