The family of a 28-year-old woman who was found alive three days after she was reported missing from the Hollywood Hills are asking for privacy as the woman receives medical care Thursday.
The family of Laura Lynne Stacy thanked authorities and the public for their search efforts after Stacy was found by police Wednesday walking along an Antelope Valley freeway.
“The family is very grateful to have located their daughter, Laura Lynne Stacy, and would like to thank everyone involved in the search to locate her,” said Lisa Garcia, a representative for Stacy’s family.
“Specifically, we would like to thank the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for their swift response, the LASD Volunteer Search and Rescue team and local volunteers who came out to search, and to the media for alerting the public, all of which helped to bring this search to a close.”
“Our daughter’s physical condition is currently being evaluated by medical professionals, and we await the results. Our family is not in a position to grant interviews at this time and as a result, we respectfully request privacy. We will advise later when we are prepared to give a further statement.”
Stacy’s exact condition wasn’t immediately available, but she was examined by paramedics and taken to Antelope Valley Hospital to be examined Wednesday. How she wound up in the northern reaches of the county remains a mystery for now.
Los Angeles police Lt. Dionne Watts said the woman was suffering from exposure to the recent cold. Stacy was found along the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway near Avenue K.
“Miss Stacy was located by our detectives who were responding to assist in the investigation here in Lancaster,” Watts said. “They observed her walking on the side of the freeway, made contact with her and verified that it was her.”
Stacy had last been seen Sunday in the 3600 block of Barham Boulevard, two blocks south of Forest Lawn Drive, driving a 2005 black Acura TL with Colorado license plates, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
An Acura matching that description was found around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday near 90th Street East and Avenue E in Lancaster, and investigators determined it was Stacy’s car, said LAPD Officer Aareon Jefferson.
Deputies searched the car and the area Tuesday, but no one was located. The search resumed after daybreak, aided by helicopter crews.
On Sunday, Stacy’s phone was found in Golden Valley Park in Santa Clarita, said Sgt. Brian Hudson of the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Station. Deputies did not find anything else, Hudson said.
Stacy had recently moved from the Denver area. She lives in the Burbank/Hollywood Hills area with a female roommate who was the last to see her Sunday morning, her mother, Marcy Stacy, told the Los Angeles Daily News. When her daughter didn’t respond to texts from family members later that day, Marcy Stacy said she felt uneasy.
On Monday morning about 5:15 a.m., Marcy Stacy got a text from her daughter’s cell phone from someone who said they had found the phone at Golden Valley Park, about 30 miles from where Laura Stacy was last seen, the Daily News reported.
Stacy’s mother and other family members flew out from Colorado on Tuesday to search for her and put up posters in her neighborhood and in Santa Clarita.
“I’m not sure why she was way out here,” Marcy Stacy told the Daily News.
—City News Service
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