Missing Santa Monica art student, 21, found safe

Friday, May 22, 2015
Santa Monica art student, 21, reported missing
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Friends and family are asking for the public's help to locate a 21-year-old woman who was last seen in Carson on Sunday. Her cellphone and bag were found at a city park.

CARSON, Calif. (KABC) -- A 21-year-old woman who was last seen in Carson over the weekend, was found safe Friday morning.

Detectives did not have any other information.

Alexis Groomes is a student at The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles, which is located in Santa Monica, but she didn't show up for classes during the week.

"For her to be gone this many days without contacting me or anyone in the family is very unusual," said Groomes' mother, Wendy, who flew in from Washington, D.C. "This is not like her."

Wendy Groomes said her daughter left a relative's home in Carson early Sunday morning and had not been seen or heard from since.

The family later received a call from a man who said he found her backpack near his car at Vernon Hemingway Memorial Park in the 700 block of East Gardena Boulevard in Carson.

The man turned it over to the police, along with her laptop. A worker at the park later found her cellphone, but it yielded no clues.

"Whoever obtained the phone, they restored it, it's blank, it has to be reconnected to her iCloud," Wendy Groomes said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the case. Worried friends even tweeted to rapper Snoop Dogg for help.

Anyone with further information on the case is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.