18 Year Old Caroline Karimi Missing Since 7/29/13 in West Los Angeles, CA (Update: Found Safe in Wyoming)

 

18 year old Caroline Karimi has been missing since Monday,  July 29, 2013 in West Los Angeles, California. Caroline Karimi was last seen at 7 am on Monday at her home in the 2900 block of Queensbury Street in the West Los Angeles area.  Karimi a volunteer at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center. Prior to her going to the hospital reports say that she used her credit card to buy gas and then she  was spotted on surveillance video at a nearby Vons supermarket, where she used her credit card to buy a sandwich. The video then shows her getting back into her metallic light green Prius and leaving the parking lot alone. At 7:25 am she texted her mother that she was headed to the hospital; however, she never arrived. According to the girl’s father her credit cards have not been used since and her cell phone has been turned off.

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She was then spotted on surveillance video at a nearby Vons supermarket, where she used her credit card to to buy a sandwich at the deli, Karimi said.

The video showed her leaving the parking lot alone.

A few minutes later, the teenager texted her mother to say she was on her way to the hospital, but she never arrived.

Karimi and her father were scheduled to board an American Airlines flight Wednesday morning from LAX to Boston to attend a family gathering.

The teenager has brown hair and green eyes.

She stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds

She was driving a 1997 light green Toyota Prius with California license plate No. 5YVV475.

UPDATE I: Public’s Help Sought in Finding Missing SoCal Teen.

Caroline Karimi was last seen at her home in the 2900 block of Queensbury Street (map) in West Los Angeles, according to an LAPD statement. Her family told NBC4 she was last seen on Monday.

“We are looking for information — if somebody saw her, some kind of police report that her car was found,” said her father, Dr. Ardeshir Karimi. “It’s devastating.”

Karimi never arrived for work at the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center — which is highly unusual, her family told police.

UPDATE II:  Caroline Karimi found safe in Wyoming. She had taken a road trip with friend, UNREAL! Talk about a lapse in judgement.

An 18-year-old woman who was reported missing this week has been found in Wyoming with friends after taking an unannounced road trip, her father told NBC4.

Caroline Karimi of West Los Angeles sent her mother a text late Wednesday saying she was in Wyoming with friends, according to her father, Dr. Ardeshir Karimi.

“She told her mom she just wanted to spend some time with her friends before college started,” Ardeshir Karimi said.

If anyone has any information regarding missing Caroline Karimi, please contact Detective Alma Mercado of the LAPD Missing Persons Unit, at (213) 996-1800.



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    7 Responses to “18 Year Old Caroline Karimi Missing Since 7/29/13 in West Los Angeles, CA (Update: Found Safe in Wyoming)”

    1. Tamikosmom on July 31st, 2013 1:50 pm

      According to CNN … the Cheviot Hills shopping center where Caroline purchased her sandwich and contacted her mother is over two miles from her home in the opposite direction of the medical center.

      Could it be that Caroline is a runaway … a runaway who wanted avoid for personal reasons getting on a plane this morning with her father for a family gathering in Boston?

      When I consider the alternatives … I hope that this young lady has left of her own accord.

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      Search Continues for Cheviot Hills Teen With Autism
      July 31, 2013

      Karimi has Aspereger syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, according to her father, Dr. Art Karimi. ….

      Karimi and her father were scheduled to fly to Boston on Wednesday morning from LAX to attend a family gathering.

      http://ktla.com/2013/07/31/search-continues-for-missing-west-l-a-teenager/#axzz2adnEgc8J

    2. Tamikosmom on July 31st, 2013 9:05 pm

      Hospital volunteer Caroline Karimi vanishes; search intensifies
      Wednesday, July 31, 2013

      Authorities and the woman’s family are now trying to figure out what happened to her.

      Police say Karimi’s friends, Vivian and Valerie Lopez, may know where Karimi is. They say the twin sisters have not been reported missing, but detectives have not been able to track them down. Investigators believe they were the last ones to talk to Karimi.

      “We’re trying to do the best we can to identify where we think that they may be, if they may be together or they may not be together, we don’t know that yet,” said Lt. Andre Dawson with the Los Angeles Police Department.

      http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9191428

    3. Tamikosmom on July 31st, 2013 9:34 pm

      I am hopeful there is about to be a positive outcome in the disappearance of Caroline Karami! The possibility that this young lady may be with her good friends must afford a measure of comfort to her parents. If Caroline did leave of her own accord … the underlying reasons can always be discussed and worked out within the family setting once she returns.

    4. Tamikosmom on July 31st, 2013 10:54 pm

      Mystery Deepens Involving Missing Hospital Volunteer, 18
      July 31, 2013 6:41 PM

      LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The mystery surrounding missing hospital volunteer Caroline Karimi intensified Wednesday when police said they believed she might be with two friends.

      Police also said Wednesday they did not suspect foul play.

      Meanwhile, Karimi’s mother arrived home from Boston where the missing woman and her father were expected to join her today on vacation. …

      The woman’s frantic father, Dr. Ardeshir Karimi, said today that his daughter had a mild case of Asperger’s Syndrome.

      Police believe Karimi might be with friends and former classmates, twin sisters Valerie and Vivian Lopez. They think the Lopez sisters could also know where Karimi is.

      The lead detective on the case told Lazar the twins have also not been seen since Monday. They had email contact with their father but when asked if they knew where Karimi was, he said they did not reply.

      Karimi’s parents said their daughter, a recent high school graduate, has no history of depression or running away. …

      Detectives said Karimi’s cell phone has been turned off making it impossible to track her movements.

      “There has been no credit card activity … any types of phone calls we may be able to trace, so far, again we are in the earlier stages of it. That is all we have right now,” said LAPD Lt. Andre Dawson.

      Read more:
      http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/07/31/mystery-deepens-involving-missing-hospital-volunteer-18/

    5. Tamikosmom on August 1st, 2013 9:34 am

      I am thankful that Caroline is safe. However … there are many unanswered questions as to why this young lady did not contact her parents … why she put them through this h— on earth of not knowing. When the Aspereger syndrome is considered … Caroline’s mother may be correct in her suspicion that Caroline was influence by her friends … friends that fail to comprehend that there is a difference between parental protection and parental control.

      My heart goes out to this 18 year old young lady who is struggling for her independence but … my heart also goes out to her parents are aware of their daughter’s life-skill limitations.

      Janet

      Missing Cheviot Hills Teen Found Safe in Wyoming
      August 1, 2013

      CHEVIOT HILLS, Calif. (KTLA) — A teenager with a form of autism who disappeared after leaving her family’s Cheviot Hills home was found safe Wednesday evening in Wyoming.

      Caroline Karimi, 18, was pulled over by state police as she was passing through the city of Cheyenne

      Her father, Dr. Art Karimi, said he received a call from his daughter on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m.

      She had gone on a road trip with her twin friends without informing her family, according to Dr. Karimi. ….

      Karimi has Aspereger syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, which her parents worried was the reason for the change in her behavior.

      “She’s easily influenced by people around her, and it makes guiding a child through adolescence and into adulthood extremely difficult,” mother Anita Nathoni said.

      “It sounds like she’s trying to be independent, but there are two other children involved,” Nathoni said.

      “It could be with the influence of the two other children that she’s gotten herself into this predicament,” she said.

      Karimi said she has no plans to return home and, instead, will go straight to college in the fall, according to her parents.

      http://ktla.com/2013/08/01/search-continues-for-missing-west-l-a-teenager/#axzz2adnEgc8J

    6. Tamikosmom on August 1st, 2013 10:00 am

      UPDATE II: Caroline Karimi found safe in Wyoming. She had taken a road trip with friend, UNREAL! Talk about a lapse in judgement.

      Posted July 31, 2013 by Scared Monkeys

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      Asperger Syndrome

      The syndrome is named after the Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger who, in 1944, studied and described children in his practice who lacked nonverbal communication skills, DEMONSTRATED LIMITED EMPATHY with their peers ….

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_syndrome

    7. Tamikosmom on August 1st, 2013 6:59 pm

      UPDATE II: Caroline Karimi found safe in Wyoming. She had taken a road trip with friend, UNREAL! Talk about a lapse in judgement.

      Posted July 31, 2013 by Scared Monkeys

      +++++++++++

      Missing Cheviot Hills Teen Found Safe in Wyoming
      August 1, 2013

      Karimi has Aspereger syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, which her parents worried was the reason for the change in her behavior.

      “She’s easily influenced by people around her, and it makes guiding a child through adolescence and into adulthood extremely difficult,” mother Anita Nathoni said.

      Read more:
      http://ktla.com/2013/08/01/search-continues-for-missing-west-l-a-teenager/#axzz2adnEgc8J

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