Police are looking for a 30-year-old woman who went missing after arriving in California from Colorado, according to a statement.
Jennifer Michelle Lorber was last contacted at 11 p.m. on May 23. She had flown from Colorado to Los Angeles and was staying at a motel on the 22000 block of Pacific Coast Highway in the City of Malibu, the statement says.
Authorities said she was driving a rental vehicle, a 2018 White Toyota Rav4, which was found near the highway around 1 a.m., reported ABC News.
Authorities are searching for a missing Colorado woman who vanished during a visit to California. https://t.co/Qi90fp2q57
— ABC News (@ABC) May 27, 2019
According to the news outlet, witnesses had seen her at the motel near where the rental car was found. Police say her family is concerned for her wellbeing and that she suffered from depression.
She has been described as a white female who is 5 feet, 1 inch tall, about 100 pounds, and with long brown hair and brown eyes.
Missing Person Reports Drop to Lowest in Decades
According to FBI data, reports of missing persons, especially missing children reports, have decreased in 2018—the lowest shown in available records going as far back as 1990, as previously reported by The Epoch Times.
Nearly 613,000 Americans were reported missing in 2018, more than 424,000 of them were under the age of 18, an almost 6 and 9 percent fall respectively from 2017.
The data also shows an obvious steep fall between 1997 to 2013, where more than 980,000 missing reports in 1997 fell to less than 628,000 in 2013, before picking up again and once again falling in 2018. There has not been a clear explanation for the latest fall in reports.
It’s not clear what exactly is behind the latest decrease. https://t.co/dIVHqzuTPT
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) May 23, 2019
Robert Lowery, vice president for the missing children division at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, surmised that the downward trend may have to do with technology.
Most of the missing children are runaways between 13 and 17, Lowery told The Epoch Times in a previous interview.
“A lot of these children now have, frankly, cellphones or smartphones. They’re also using social media. … The point being that parents are able to find their children themselves much quicker than they had been, before they have to engage law enforcement,” Lowery said.
He added that the improvement of law enforcement investigative techniques to locate missing children could have contributed to the drop. But that doesn’t quite explain the sudden drop in 2018. Smartphones and social media have been popular among youth for more than a decade and there seems to be no indication that law enforcement techniques made a sudden advance in 2018.
“It may have been an anomaly,” Lowery said. “We’re going to continue to watch the trend.”
Anyone with information about Jennifer Michelle Lorber is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Unit, Sergeant Mike Rodriguez, Detective Abraham or Detective Pereida at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org