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Search continues for missing Canyon Country woman

Posted: January 8, 2013 6:22 p.m.
Updated: January 8, 2013 6:22 p.m.
Carol Marino, left, hands out flyers appealing for information about missing 19-year-old Sarah Alarid. Carol Marino, left, hands out flyers appealing for information about missing 19-year-old Sarah Alarid.
Carol Marino, left, hands out flyers appealing for information about missing 19-year-old Sarah Alarid.

The search for Sarah Alarid, missing since New Year’s Eve, moved to Newhall on Tuesday as family and friends continue to comb the Santa Clarita Valley for clues to the 19-year-old’s whereabouts.

Early Tuesday morning, searchers converged on the Park n Ride area for commuters where Newhall Avenue dead-ends just under Highway 14.

From there they fanned out northward with the goal of searching every gully, knocking on doors and talking to strangers in a bid to find out what happened to Alarid.

“Today we’re working on an area between here and north to Soledad Canyon Road,” said search coordinator Anthony Powers.

“We had as many as 30 people come out today,” he said.

Inside the open hatchback of his SUV, Powers has enlarged printed copies of road maps that he uses to systematically delegate areas to volunteer searchers.

A team has singled out areas of the Santa Clarita Valley to search nearly every day since Alarid was reported missing.

On the weekend, they set up in the parking lot of a grocery store near Sand Canyon. On Monday, their command post was in the parking lot of Westfield Valencia Town Center mall.

Asked if he and his search party had made any progress in recent days, he said, “We’ve seen vehicles that have matched Sarah’s but nothing that’s come back confirmed.”

Alarid was last seen leaving a friend’s residence on Poppy Meadow Street in Canyon Country between 3:30 and 4 a.m. Jan. 1, according to information released by the Sheriff’s Department on Friday.

She left in 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.

It has not been seen since she left the party.

Alarid was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, ripped blue jeans, a red sweater and a blue and gray plaid sweater. She is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighs 110 pounds and has reddish-brown hair and hazel eyes.

Searchers say they’re conducting their work day by day.

“She would have been asking for something,” said the missing woman’s older sister, Chelsie, reflecting on the fact that her sister has not used her cell phone and has not communicated anything by any means since she disappeared.

“There are things a teenage girl would want and not be without,” she said.

Sarah Alarid posted regular and frequent updates on Facebook, her sister said.

The only Facebook activity noted now are repeated comments from people concerned about her disappearance.
The Alarids have a set up a website devoted to Sarah Alarid called

“Everything is posted there, and is maintained by the family,” Chelsie Alarid said.

Detectives with the Homicide Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have been in regular touch the missing woman’s father, Mike Alarid, said Chelsie Alarid. They have not returned phone calls from The Signal.
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