Paula Lopez’s Family relieved
Paula Lopez was safe back at her home after a missing person being reported according to her family. Paula 48-year-old was reported missing just after 10 a.m., which is not long after the last time she was seen, the sheriff’s office said.
Paula Lopez, 48-years-old, of KEYT-TV Channel 3 had “gone missing” Wednesday morning, the news station said in a statement.
“At around 5:30 p.m. tonight, her family members called Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Public Safety Dispatch, to report that she is home and safe.” The last time her family talked to her was at 9:30 a.m. She had not been seen or heard from since. No foul play was suspected but her family was concerned about her welfare.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a prepared statement. “When deputies responded to her residence they confirmed she was there, and no longer missing.” It was not immediately clear why her family reported her missing so quickly.
“Her last known location was at her home located near Cathedral Oaks Road and North San Marcos Road,” the sheriff’s department said, in an earlier statement this evening.
Paula Lopez, after starting with KEYT 27 years ago, Lopez was honored in 2012 with the Women of Achievement Award, at an Association of Women in Communications luncheon, held at the Hyatt Santa Barbara.
Paula Lopez, who spent six years at KCAL-TV Channel 9 in Los Angeles, co-anchors the Santa Barbara station’s 11 p.m. broadcast.
Paula Lopez has spent the better part of two decades at KEYT. She first joined the Santa Barbara station as an intern in 1985, according to her biography on KEYT’s website. She worked for at KCAL in Los Angeles, but returned to KEYT in 1996 to spend more time with her family.
Lopez came back home not long after the riots and has been a fixture on South Coast TV since then. Even though she has covered people such as, Ronald Reagan and disasters from fires to floods, Paula Lopez said the highlight of her career came recently, when the mother of a 4-year-old girl told her in Spanish that the child “never goes to sleep without her, Paula.”