Car, Remains Point to Missing LCHS Grad

Los Angeles Sheriff’s homicide detectives recovered a silver Honda CRV connected to Kimberly Blum, a 47-year-old La Cañada High School graduate, on Aug. 23. She has been missing since June 5, 2014.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, the vehicle was discovered about 500 feet down the embankment below Angeles Crest Highway, near mile marker 41, about 16 miles north of La Cañada Flintridge.
Detectives and personnel from the L.A. County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner also recovered skeletal remains in the area near the vehicle, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Department.
The remains reportedly were identified as Blum’s by the coroner on Wednesday.
According to the Glendale News-Press, Blum was reported missing by her mother in 2014, and was last seen at the home of her sister, Jennifer Franklin, in La Crescenta. They reportedly had been planning an 8th-grade graduation party for Franklin’s daughter.
The only physical evidence of Blum’s whereabouts prior to last week was her name on an empty pill container found in 2014 by a maintenance worker in the Angeles National Forest.
Last week’s discovery came after Caltrans personnel reported seeing skid marks on ACH, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Montrose Search and Rescue personnel responded and rappelled down the mountain to inspect the vehicle, which appeared to have been abandoned for some time. When deputies checked the vehicle identification number, they learned it was connected to a missing-person investigation.
It was determined that the skid marks that drew attention to the scene were caused by a recent unrelated traffic collision, authorities said.
Anyone with information can contact the Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or, to provide information anonymously, may call (800) 222-8477, or via smartphone may download the “P3 Tips” mobile app or “P3 Mobile” on Google play or at the App Store.

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