Multiple Searches for Missing Malibu Woman Julia Snyder Yield No Clues, the Investigation Continues


EDITOR’S UPDATE: LASD and Malibu Search and Rescue will be conducting a much wider search at 7:30 am on Saturday February 15th with a 40 member crew including rescuers from outlying areas.

Beloved Malibu resident, 53 year old Julia Snyder, reportedly went missing last weekend somewhere between Saturday February 8th/Sunday, February 9th. Snyder believed to have left her home in her pajamas and slippers leaving her belongings behind.

Malibu Search and Rescue performed searches Monday night and Tuesday. Monday’s rescue included one K-9 and 9 SAR rescuers who searched at night. Tuesday’s search included 12 rescuers from SAR, K-9, and an Aero helicopter equipped with infrared and body heat sensor. Search and Rescue performed over-the-side searches with ropes in steep terrain. Both searches were inconclusive.

LASD and Malibu Search and Rescue on scene in Latigo Canyon searching for missing Malibu resident Julia Snyder. Photo: JC 360 Media/The Local Malibu

LASD/Lost Hills deputies door knocked throughout the area gathering whatever information they could to help locate Snyder.

Authorities are preparing for more possible searches this weekend.

Concerned community members also conducted private searches for Snyder as well. One source confirms on their search;

“We parked on turnouts a mile in each direction using binoculars in the gullies, looked for skid marks, fabric, hair, blood etc… but found nothing. We also drove to the trailhead, hiked the creek and trail for less than a mile until it was overgrown. No broken branches, no foot prints, nothing. We looked in culverts, drainpipes and even looked in the water tank. Again, nothing. SAR appeared to be concentrating on her street. At one point, the SAR K-9 vehicle sped up Latigo Canyon past her house sirens blaring, but it came back 20 minutes later.” (Per Malibu SAR, their vehicle sped up canyon to respond to a car over the rise, it turns out it was an older vehicle and not related to Snyder’s case.)

Reports of a white SUV was spotted at 615 a.m. Sunday morning on a neighbor’s security camera who lives across the street from Snyder. However, no plates or further identifying information was visible in order to make contact with the owner of the vehicle.

LASD Homicide is the lead on this case and is currently processing Snyder’s cell phone. 

Although Snyder suffered from mental illness (bipolar disorder), she was described as being in “good spirits” the night before she reportedly disappeared. Longtime friend Malibu local Yole Barrera, said on Facebook: “I had dinner with her (Snyder) Friday night and she was in great spirits, and super excited about showing off photos of her new rebuild after the fire.”

The search for Snyder continues.

If you have any information in this case, contact LASD/ Homicide Detective Morris 323-890-5500


Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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