WOODLAND HILLS—On Thursday, April 6, Maricela Garcia was remembered at a vigil held in Woodland Hills. Family and friends gathered together at St. Bernardine of Siena Parish at 5:30 p.m. to pay their respects to daughter and sister Maricela, whose body was found on March 7. Her sister took to social media on the day of her memorial and wrote, “A big thank you to everybody who came out today for my sisters memorial.”
Garcia went missing on January 12 after spending time with her sister. According to reports, the 26-year-old and her sister were shopping at a Goodwill store in Reseda, when Garcia went outside to smoke a cigarette. That was the last time she was seen alive. On March 7, officials found her remains at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita. Initially, authorities suspected no foul play, until her body was found.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Troy Ewing, who works in the department’s Homicide Bureau, indicated investigators “suspect foul play” because of the “remote area” where Garcia was found. Garcia’s father spoke out about the investigation stating.
“The beast that did this to my daughter is still outside,” he said. “We’re going to pray for every girl that is a potential victim and hopefully, we’ll pray for the investigators so they can find that person and take him out of the streets.”
The investigation is still ongoing and no details on a suspect have been disclosed to the public. Authorities are asking anyone with information about Maricela Garcia’s disappearance to contact the authorities at (213)996-1800.