Car linked to missing 28-year-old woman found abandoned in California
California (KTLA) -- Authorities and volunteers are searching a remote area of the Antelope Valley Wednesday after the car belonging to a missing 28-year-old woman who disappeared from her Hollywood Hills apartment over the weekend was found the day before.
Laura Lynne Stacy was last seen Sunday at her apartment building in the 3600 block of Barham Boulevard, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Tuesday, a tow truck driver in the Antelope Valley spotted a car matching the description of one Stacy was last seen driving and called police.
Authorities confirmed Wednesday that the car, which was found abandoned in a remote area near the intersection of 97th Street E and East Avenue E in Northeast Antelope Valley, is the same one Stacy was driving.
Stacy's parents, Steve and Marcy Stacy, arrived in Los Angeles from Denver shortly after their daughter's disappearance and were at the scene Wednesday morning where the car was found.
"We're going to be out searching all morning and we'd love to get as many people out to help us as possible," Marcy Stacy said.
Several community members arrived a short time later with off-road vehicles to help the family and authorities with their search.
Marcy Stacy believes her daughter may have run out of gas and left her vehicle to find help or shelter.
Authorities have not determined if the car was out of gas, but did notice the vehicle was locked and the keys were not inside, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Detective Tim O'Quinn said during a news conference Wednesday.
Investigators were conducting a "grid search" of the area, and a helicopter was also being used, O'Quinn said.
It was possible Laura Stacy obtained a ride after leaving her vehicle and was no longer in the area, O'Quinn said.
Investigators have not found any signs of foul play in connection with the disappearance, but that could always change, O'Quinn said.
Police first asked the public for help Tuesday in their search for Laura Stacy, who stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.
Her family told KTLA prior to the discovery of the car that someone found Stacy's phone at Golden Valley Park in Santa Clarita in a puddle of water.
Marcy Stacy was unsure what her daughter would have been doing in Santa Clarita, but said she loved to explore new places and take pictures.
Police are investigating a couple of possible sightings that were reported between Sunday and Monday, including one related to where Laura Stacy's phone was found, O'Quinn said.
"We got some confirmation that she may have been in that area," O'Quinn said.
Steve Stacy said it was unlike his daughter not to be in contact with family members. "She's usually in contact with someone in our family, either her sister, her brother or ourselves," he said.
Anyone with further information was asked to call the Police Department at 213-996-1800. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).