A 37-year-old Glendale woman was still missing Saturday, nearly a week after going for a one-day hike in the Angeles National Forest and authorities searched for her.
Narineh Avakian was reported missing Monday by family members after she left her home about noon on Sunday, according to Glendale police Sgt. Christian Hauptmann.
“Prior to leaving, Narineh told her family she was going on a one-day hiking trip, but did not provide a location and never returned home,” Hauptmann said. “Per the family, it is common for Narineh to go hiking with groups and on solo trips — though lately she has been going solo.”
Glendale police contacted the woman’s hiking groups to distribute missing person flyers, posted a missing person bulletin on social media platforms, and reported that she was driving a Subaru Impreza, California plate 8JSH794.
About 3 p.m. Thursday, the vehicle was located parked at the Buckhorn Day Use Area along Angeles Crest Highway, Hauptmann said.
“It should be noted that this area was heavily impacted by the recent snow storm,” he said.
“Upon locating Narineh’s vehicle, search-and-rescue personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were immediately deployed with a large contingency of sworn and volunteer personnel,” Hauptmann said. “Their search efforts continued as approximately 12 inches of snow fell overnight; but due to the worsening weather conditions, the search was terminated around 2 a.m. (Friday) morning. A few hours later, the search was able to resume with even more resources and is currently active.”
Glendale police investigators were sent to examine the vehicle and have it towed back to the police station for further processing, Hauptmann said.
“At this time, there is no suspicion of foul play,” Hauptmann said. “A large contingent of search-and-rescue teams are currently deployed throughout the area and are actively searching for Narineh. While these official search efforts are underway, members of the public are highly discouraged from responding to the area and conducting independent search efforts.”
Avakian is white. She stands 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 90 pounds. She also has long brown hair. She was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and white leggings.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Glendale police at 818-548-4911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
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