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Family seeks venue for Sarah Alarid services

Saturday memorial planned for 19-year-old who died in remote canyon on New Year's Day

Posted: January 14, 2013 9:45 a.m.
Updated: January 14, 2013 9:45 a.m.

Funeral arrangements for Sarah Alarid, whose body was found Wednesday, are expected to include a room big enough to accommodate scores of well-wishers, a spokesman for the family said Sunday.

“The venue has to be able to hold a bunch of us,” said Alarid’s uncle, Bryan Alarid.

The only firm arrangement so far in the efforts to properly honor the 19-year-old girl is that the service will be held this Saturday, Jan. 19, he said.

“It’s going to be big,” Alarid told The Signal Sunday. “We expect a ton of people to be there.”

On Wednesday, the body of 19-year-old Sarah Alarid - who had been missing since she left a party early New Year’s Day - was found next to her car at the bottom of a ravine off Sand Canyon Road, a county detective confirmed.

Later that same day, an estimated 300 people attended an impromptu vigil in her honor at Todd Longshore Park overlooking Canyon Country.

Her relatives, taken aback by the number of people attending the vigil, are now trying to pick a location for the funeral service that would accommodate a similar outpouring of respect, Alarid said.

On Monday, an all-day fund raiser for the young woman’s family will be held at Chili’s Grill & Bar in Stevenson Ranch, he said.

Restaurant managers are expected to donate 15 percent of money collected from patrons who bring in a poster or flyer used in the search for Sarah Alarid, her uncle said.

The restaurant is located at the corner of McBean Parkway and The Old Road.

During the first full week of 2013, hundreds of people took part in a daily search for the missing woman.

Sarah Alarid had attended a New Year’s Eve party on Poppy Meadow Street in Canyon Country and left the party around 3-4 a.m. Jan. 1.

Investigators searched areas along her presumed route between the home in the Pinetree area of Canyon Country and her parents’ home on Plum Canyon Road.

Search coordinators set up their command post in a different part of the Santa Clarita Valley each day in an effort to scour all possible areas where Sarah Alarid might have gone.

On Wednesday, Lt. Dave Dolson of the Homicide Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department delivered the news to reporters that searchers had feared the most - that Alarid had died in an apparent traffic accident after her 2002 Ford Focus plunged about 200 feet down a ravine in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest.
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