Skeletal remains were found by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department who investigated reports of a woman allegedly being held against her will while they were cleaning up homeless encampments near the Venice Beach Boardwalk.
Cops cleaning the boardwalk on Friday were told that a woman was being held against her will in a beach tunnel in the 13700 block of Fiji Way, KCBS-TV reported.
An LAPD spokesperson confirmed to DailyMail.com that a ‘Good Samaritan’ had found personal belongings belonging to Kolby Story, 32, and turned them in to police. According to KCBS-TV, cops recovered her checkbook and driver’s license.
Story was last seen on December 7 near Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles, cops said. She is described as a 5’4′ white female with brown hair and hazel eyes weighing about 115 pounds.
A ‘Good Samaritan’ had found personal belongings belonging to Kolby Story, 32, and turned them in to police. Story has been missing since December 7
According to KCBS-TV, cops recovered her checkbook and driver’s license
Cops cleaning the boardwalk on Friday were told that a woman was being held against her will in a beach tunnel in the 13700 block of Fiji Way
Cops then conducted a search for Story in the nearby Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve
Cops said that detectives, along with members of the California Office of Emergency Management, then conducted a search for Story in the nearby Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve and Ballona Creek.
During their search, cops found skeletal remains that will be identified by the L.A. County Coroner. It remains unclear exactly where and how the remains were found.
A dive team also searcher a storm drain at Venice Beach earlier on Friday, KTLA reported.
Kolby’s older brother Josh Story told Patch that her family wants her to be found.
‘It’s tough, the unknown and just every day is we feel like it’s getting tougher and tougher,’ he said.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Josh Story for more information and additional comment about Friday’s revelations.
Josh Story told NBC News in December that his sister had been near the Venice Beach skate park with her boyfriend and another friend in the afternoon on December 6.
Later that night, she later grabbed a sleeping bag, backpack and a ukulele while telling her roommate she was going to the beach to hang out, Josh Story said. Kolby reportedly told her father the same thing.
Then around 10:30 p.m., Kolby reportedly called a friend to help find her car keys – ultimately finding them about 20 minutes later, Josh Story told NBC News. The name of the friend was not revealed.
Josh Story told the outlet that Kolby’s friend told him that he had tried to get her to leave the beach, claiming it wasn’t safe.
‘It was dark and getting cold. But she told him to go home and that she would be fine,’ Josh Story said.
Josh Story said Kolby’s friend waited in his car nearby and that she finally decided to leave the beach at 2 a.m. and got into her car parked near a restaurant called Big Daddy’s Pizza.
A cyclist passes a homeless encampment along the bike path in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles on July 7
Homeless encampments are seen along the bike path in the shadow of condominiums in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles on July 7, which the city has been working to clean in recent weeks
A security officer with City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks looks for areas to place notices warning homeless of a clean-up on July 9
Kolby’s friend followed her until she turned off in the direction of her home, Josh Story told NBC News.
‘That’s the last time anyone saw her,’ he said.
The car was later found in a police impound lot in Marina del Rey with a flat tire after it had been towed from a parking lot across from the Ralph’s grocery store near the Bellona Wetlands.
‘It would make sense that she got a flat and then called someone to come get her,’ he said.
‘But there were no outgoing calls on her phone records – so who came to get her? And that’s where it ends. We have nothing after that. And it’s alarming. We’re just very worried about her.’
Kolby Story, right, has been missing since December and was last seen after taking her ukulele and a sleeping bag to the beach
Her car was later found in a police impound lot in Marina del Rey with a flat tire after it had been towed from a parking lot across from the Ralph’s grocery store near the Bellona Wetlands
In February, Allison Story made a post to Facebook showing that the family would be holding an event to honor Kolby’s birthday on March 16
Josh Story added that phone records show Kolby’s friend made four unanswered calls to her between 2 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.
Kolby’s friend reported her missing to the Los Angeles Police Department two days later on December 9, NBC News reported. His family was not told Kolby was missing until her friend reached out to him on social media on December 16.
‘It’s just frustrating,’ he said. ‘My sister is missing and no one tells us.’
After her disappearance, her family hung fliers and conducted their own search.
In February, Allison Story made a post to Facebook showing that the family would be holding an event to honor Kolby’s birthday on March 16.
‘Although we haven’t found Kolby we would like to take this time to share stories of our beautiful Kolby and any words of encouragement as we continue to search for her,’ the post reads.
Kolby’s Facebook account shows that she apparently made a post as recently as May 6, though the odd post only included spam-like videos of obese people posted to an album called ‘Healthy Diet.’