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Skeletal remains Found In Ballona Wetlands

LAPD Investigators have located skeletal remains in the Ballona Wetlands.

They were searching for a woman, Kolby Story, who went missing in the Mar Vista area in December

Kolby Story, 32, was last seen in the early morning hours of December 7, 2020, in the 12300 block of Pacific Avenue in Mar Vista. According to reports from December, a few hours before she went missing, Story had called a friend from Venice to help her find her car keys. Around 2 a.m., she left Venice and drove in the direction of her Mar Vista home, but she never made it home.

Her car was later discovered in a Marina del Rey impound lot. The car, with a flat tire, had been towed from a parking lot near a Ralphs grocery store in Marina del Rey.

New search efforts for Story were underway Friday after some of her belongings were found near the area and turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division investigators, Pacific Division personnel, and Metropolitan Division, along with California Office of Emergency Service, Fire and Rescue Division K9 Search Teams, and Story’s family members and friends, Started conducting a search of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve and Ballona Creek for Story Friday morning. The Rose Ave storm drain at Venice Beach was also searched.

Friday afternoon it was announced that LAPD Investigators have located skeletal remains in the Ballona Wetlands.The coroner's office will remove the remains & conduct their investigation. They are unable to confirm anything further related to the remains.

Story was described by police as being 5’4'' tall, weighing 115 lbs. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. Her family in December offered a $100,000 reward for her safe return.

Anyone with information regarding Story's case was asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Robbery-Homicide Division, at 213-486-6890. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.


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