The family of Kimberly Blum is asking for the public’s help in locating their missing loved one.
Blum, 44, had visited her sister’s home in La Crescenta at about
4 p.m. on June 5. The family was planning a party and she stopped by the house. She left just a few minutes later and that is the last time anyone has heard from her.
Blum lives in the Sunland -Tujunga area. Her mother, Rosalie, contacted the Los Angeles Police Dept. on Saturday to report her missing. When she didn’t make it to the party at her sister’s, Rosalie thought it was odd but she thought her daughter might not have wanted to be around so many people.
“While we were there some people tried to [contact] her,” she said.
She didn’t respond but Rosalie wasn’t too worried then. Blum had always contacted her mother whenever she had been gone for too long in the past.
“She is a grown woman,” Rosalie said.
Blum does require medical attention and, when she didn’t come home by Saturday morning and there was no word from her, Rosalie when to LAPD.
“She is considered a critical missing person,” said Det. Carlton, LAPD.
The search began and over the course of the next few days some items were found in the area of the Angeles National Forest, along Angeles Crest Highway, that belong to Blum.
She was last seen on June 5 driving her 2004 silver Honda CRV.
LAPD requested support from Montrose Search and Rescue, who searched the area.
“We [searched] for the vehicle,” said Mike Leum, MSR member. “We deployed a team to check the roads and campgrounds but didn’t find the vehicle.”
The team was assisted by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. Air Rescue 5.
“We had patrol helicopters searching the area for multiple days,” he said.
But after about 100 hours of searching, the team could not find Blum or her vehicle.
Blum has strong friend and family support. She and her family lived on the east coast, and then moved to California. She graduated from La Cañada High School. Her family and friends have joined the search and have gone up to the ANF several times. One friend had even hired a helicopter for a couple of hours – with no success.
Rosalie said she finds it odd her daughter was last seen on June 5 while on June 6 one of her best friends was arriving from Arizona for a visit.
“She also has her own business and several of her [clients] said they had upcoming appointments with her,” Rosalie said.
She added the LAPD, LASD and MSR have all been helpful and supportive.
But with every passing day she becomes more worried.
“And she left her dog and she loved that dog more than anything in the world. The idea she would go off and leave [the dog] doesn’t [make sense],” Rosalie said.
She feels that if Blum could contact her she would.
“I seem to be okay in the evening, but when I wake up in the morning I become hysterical and start crying,” she said.
LAPD and MSR continue the search for Blum.
“Our weekend patrols are continuing to look for [Blum] and her vehicle,” Leum said.
Kimberly Blum is a white female, 44 years old, with brown hair and blue eyes. She’s about 5’2” tall and weighs about 144 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black tank top and wears prescription glasses. She was last seen on June 5 driving a 2004 Honda CRV, license plate number 5JVU774.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Carlton, (213) 996-1805 or during non-business hours or weekends call (877) 527-3247. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting 274637. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD” or visist LAPDOnline.org and click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.