A Glendale woman has been found dead in the Angeles National Forest on Saturday after being missing for five days.
On March 13, at about 1:30 p.m., after an extensive search by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Search and Rescue Team, along with the assistance of search and rescue teams from 17 different counties, 37-year-old Narineh Avakian was located near the Mount Waterman Trail and was found to be deceased, according to the Glendale Police Department (GPD).
Based on the preliminary investigation, it does not appear that foul play was involved with her death. An investigation into Avakian’s cause of death is ongoing, according to GPD officials.
On March 8, Avakian was reported missing. The family informed officers that she had left her residence a day prior at about noon, according to Sgt. Hauptmann, spokesperson for the department.
“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.”
The Glendale Police Department immediately began working with the family and Avakian’s hiking groups to distribute missing person flyers of her, including posting a missing person bulletin on our social media platforms, according to the spokesperson.
On March 11 at about 3 p.m., Avakian’s vehicle was located parked at the Buckhorn Day Use Area along Angeles Crest Highway.
“It should be noted that this area was heavily impacted by the recent snow storm,” Hauptmann said.
Upon locating Avakian’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, according to the GPD.
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, according to Hauptmann.
A few hours later, the search was able to resume with even more resources and is currently active. Glendale Police Department investigators were on scene to process Avakian’s vehicle and have it towed back to the station for further processing.
Avakian was later found dead five days after being reported missing. The investigation is ongoing, according to the GPD.
Investigators Searching For Missing Person Last Seen In Canyon Country
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Missing Persons Unit investigators are asking for the public’s help locating a missing person last seen in Canyon Country about one month ago.
Debbie Phipps is a 50-year-old black female who was last seen on Feb. 7 about 9 a.m. on the 1500 block of Daffodil Avenue in Canyon Country, according to Deputy Eric Ortiz with the Sheriff’s Information Bureau (SIB).
The missing person left the location with either a walker or wheelchair and was seen getting onto a Santa Clarita Transit bus, according to Ortiz.
Phipps is about 5 feet tall, 120 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair, according to a statement from the LASD.
She walks with a limp and was last seen wearing a red sweater, grey sweat pants with a white scarf and black shoes, according to investigators.
Phipps is reportedly diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to the LASD.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (323) 890-5500.
Those who provide information anonymously may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-8477, use a smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile application on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website here.