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A crashed SUV found near skeletal human remains off Angeles Crest Highway in the Mt. Wilson area has been linked to a woman missing out of Sunland since 2014, the sheriff’s department announced today.

Caltrans personnel on Tuesday noticed skid marks on the highway and when deputies from the sheriff’s Crescenta Valley Station responded they located a silver Honda CRV about 500 feet down an embankment, according to the sheriff’s department, which reported that searchers returned on Wednesday and located the remains,

The SUV was subsequently linked to missing 47-year-old Kimberly Blum, but the remains have not been positively identified, officials said.

Blum had last been seen suddenly leaving a graduation party for her niece in the 10000 block of Newhome Avenue on June 5, 2014, according to the LAPD, which had reported her age as 44.

Some of her belongings, including some medicine, were later found along Angeles Crest Highway, north of the Foothill (210) Freeway.

A search of the area, involving the sheriff’s Montrose Search and Rescue Team, turned up no further clues. Personnel from the search and rescue team found the remains near the crashed SUV on Wednesday.

A $5,000 reward had been offered for information leading to Blum’s safe return.

The skid marks discovered on the highway turned out to be from a recent crash and unrelated to the SUV, according to the deputy.

Blum worked at Caltech, but shortly before she went missing, she launched her own personal organizing business called Garage Fairy.

Family members had said they couldn’t imagine why Blum would leave her dog, Sadie, unattended.

On Facebook, her hometown was listed as Framingham, Massachusetts.

–City News Service

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