Is Kolby Story dead? Skeletal remains found at Venice Beach amid search for missing woman
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) found human skeletal remains on Friday, July 16, while combing through homeless camps near the Venice Beach Boardwalk. The cops found the remains as they investigated reports about a woman who was being held inside a beach tunnel against her will in the 13700 block of Fiji Way. Details of where are how the cops discovered the carcass has not been made available to the public. Currently, LA County Coroner's Office is at work trying to determine if the remains belong to the said woman.
LAPD officers combed through a 600-acre area of the Ballona Wetlands while looking for missing woman Kolby Story who was last seen on December 7. LAPD began a lookout for the woman after a spokesperson for the department confirmed that a good samaritan had discovered the personal belongings of Story. Her checkbook and driver's license were turned in to the police, according to reports. Members of the California Office of Emergency Management joined hands with LAPD to look for Story in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve and Ballona Creek near Venice Beach.
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Who is Kolby Story and is she alive?
Kolby Story was at Venice Beach on December 6, 2020, near the skatepark accompanied by her boyfriend and another friend. They returned to her house in Mar Vista by 7 pm and at 8:30 pm she grabbed her sleeping bag, a backpack, and a ukulele and told her roommate that she was headed back to the beach to hang out. She conveyed the same to her father over the phone. At 10:30 pm on the same day, she called her friend Josh Toedt to ask for help to find her lost keys.
"It didn't take long to find the keys, maybe 20 minutes. But they stayed there for a while. He was trying to get her to leave... told her it wasn't safe. It was dark and getting cold. But she told him to go home and that she would be fine," her brother Josh Story told NBC's 'Dateline'. Toedt waited in his car nearby while Story continued to be at the beach. At around 2 am she got in her car which was parked near Big Daddy's Pizza. and started driving in the direction of her home. Toedt had followed her for a short while according to Josh. "He actually followed her for a short bit and said she made a right on Pacific from Rose, and a left and that was the last he's seen her," the missing woman's brother said. Her roommate reported her missing on December 9.
Story,32, went missing after being seen for the last time on December 7 in the 12300 block of Pacific Avenue, near Venice Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Her family offered to reward $100,000 for Story's safe return. "It's tough, the unknown and just every day is we feel like it's getting tougher and tougher," her brother Josh Story told Patch. "We're going to offer a reward for her safe return," he said. Her family started looking out for her and were hanging out flyers and talking to people in Venice and Mar Vista. Story's disappearance was unusual as she was an esthetician and had a skincare routine she followed religiously, according to her brother.
According to police description, Kolby Story is a white female with brown hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 115 pounds. "She has a nose ring. She's got wings on her back, at the top of her back, in the middle," Josh said describing Story's tattoo. Anyone with information about Kolby can contact Detective Shannon Kramer with the Los Angeles Missing Persons department at (213) 996-1800. People can also submit anonymous tips to the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.