Car Of Missing Woman, Narineh Avakian, Found Along Angeles Crest Highway Amid Heavy Snowfall

The vehicle of a Glendale woman who has been missing since Sunday has been found along Angeles Crest Highway, but she has not yet been found, police said Friday.

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- Missing at the top of the San Gabriel Mountains, a Glendale woman went for a hike and never came back. The area is now covered by a foot of snow, so search and rescue crews spent the day looking for Narineh Avakian today with no luck. Crews found her car abandoned near the Buckhorn Campground, halfway between Mount Waterman and Wrightwood, right along the Angeles Crest Highway. KCAL 9's Nicole Comstock has the latest now on the search.

NICOLE COMSTOCK: It's snowing over the San Gabriel Mountains. It has been for several days. A foot of fresh powder covers the tables outside of Newcomb's Ranch restaurant, which is now serving as a command post for a missing hiker.

Narineh Avakian left her home in Glendale. Investigators believe she drove up the Angeles Crest Highway in her own car, a Subaru Impreza like this. She apparently told her family that she was leaving for a day hiking trip, but didn't tell them where. Avakian ventured out on this hike on Sunday, and it was just yesterday, four days later, that her car was finally found at the Buckhorn Day Use Area. Search and rescue teams tell me there are five different trails you can take from that location, and right now, they have no idea which one she took.

CHRISTIAN HAUPTMANN: The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue, the Montrose Search and Rescue Team went out there and deployed immediately once the vehicle was found, and began searching yesterday through 2:00 AM.

NICOLE COMSTOCK: But Sergeant Christian Hauptmann with Glendale PD says with more snow falling, they had to suspend the search. Seven teams searched again on Friday, but found no trace of her. And on Saturday morning, more SAR teams from across the state, including Yosemite and China Lake, are joining in.

CHRISTIAN HAUPTMANN: So many people are coming and wanting to help in locating Narineh, just as much as we do.

NICOLE COMSTOCK: But the conditions are too dangerous for the public. Police are asking community members to have faith in the trained professionals and stay away from the area. Detectives also pinged a walkie and cell phone, to no avail.

CHRISTIAN HAUPTMANN: The last ping they got was at the mouth of Angeles Crest Highway at a cell phone tower. That would have indicated she was heading into the canyon.

NICOLE COMSTOCK: That's where cell reception cuts off. In La Canada Flintridge, Nicole Comstock, KCAL 9 News.