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Malibu resident Julia Christine Snyder, 53, remains missing. She was last seen near her home in the 4300 block of Ocean View Drive on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 8. Photo Submitted
Fifty individuals, including Missing Persons Unit investigators and members of the Malibu Search and Rescue team, are to search the hillside northeast of Snyder's home from 7 a.m. until sundown Saturday, Feb. 15. Photo by Malibu Search and Rescue
Search and Rescue teams from Malibu, Montrose, Santa Clarita, Sierra Madre, Antelope Valley and San Dimas are helping in the search on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Dogs will again be used in the search on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Lauren Coughlin, Editor
10:40 am PST February 13, 2020

The search for missing Malibu woman Julia Christine Snyder continues.

Snyder, 53, has not been seen or heard from since 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. She was last seen on foot near her Malibu home in the 4300 block of Ocean View Drive, wearing a white shirt and flannel pajama pants.

Search operations involving a helicopter and canines were conducted by Malibu Search and Rescue as well as members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 10 and 11, said David Katz, public information officer and operations leader for Malibu Search and Rescue. 

“The searches emanated from the residence where she was living and then into the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as the dense brush and over the side areas nearby," Katz said, of the Feb. 10 and 11 efforts. "All homes in the area were checked, and residents were contacted by door knocks.”

An additional effort was organized on Saturday, Feb. 15. From 7 a.m. until sundown on Saturday, 50 individuals, including Missing Persons Unit investigators and members of Search and Rescue teams from Malibu, Montrose, Santa Clarita, Sierra Madre, Antelope Valley and San Dimas, searched the hillside near the area where Snyder last was seen. Dogs as well as unmanned aerial vehicles were utilized.

Sgt. Michael Rodriguez, of the sheriff's homicide/missing persons unit, said the search area extended out a couple miles from Snyder's home, which is surrounded by hills and steep canyons. Police currently have not received any concrete evidence of Snyder being seen elsewhere, Rodriguez said. 

"We're just trying to make sure we don't miss anything within the area she was last seen," Rodriguez said.

The public is being asked to post the flyer around Malibu.

Snyder is described as being 5-foot-7 and approximately 140 pounds, with long, straight blonde hair and blue eyes. She also wears glasses, according to the police bulletin, which categorizes her as a “critical missing” person.

"We have no reason to believe at this point that [there is any] foul play, but we're keeping all our investigative options open," Rodriguez said on Saturday. "We're not ruling anything out."

Anyone with information on Snyder’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the LA County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (323) 890-5500. 

Information also may be provided anonymously by calling (800) 222-8477, through the “P3 Tips” mobile app, or at lacrimestoppers.org.