Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008
Here is a new story I just came up with about a missing woman found in Manhattan Beach. Our hearts and sympathy goes out to the family. According to reports by Ehline Law, a woman who has now been identified by the Coroner’s Office as Molly Kate Lamers-Wolfgang age 34 a resident of Manhattan Beach who was reported missing was found in her car after an apparent accident.
While the accident is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol it is known that Lamers-Wolfgang was driving to her families Lake Arrowhead home when she was reported missing.
The vehicle she was driving, a silver 2008 Lexus was found after California Highway Patrol officers found broken guardrails and vehicle debris including a license plate on Wednesday evening. Then they found the Lexus that had gone through the guardrail traveling approximately 800 feet below. The vicinity the vehicle and driver were found was Highway 18 in the area of Red Rock Wall and Rimforest in the San Bernardino Mountains. The area the broken guardrail was found is known as a scenic viewing area and also a turnaround point.
According to Sgt. Robert O’Brine of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, the area is not accessible by vehicle or foot. A medic was lowered by helicopter to the bottom of the cliff where the vehicle was resting and determined Lamer’s-Wolfgang was dead.
The rescue workers were airlifted to a point where they could hike to the vehicle, with the onset of darkness three rescue personel and a sheriff’s deputy stayed with the vehicle and Lamers-Wolfgang who had sustained fatal injuries. Thursday the body of Lamers-Wolfgang was recovered from the scene of the unfortunate cataclsym.
The California Highway Patrol also planned to airlift the vehicle up to continue their investigation. What they were able to access was that the vehicle was traveling north in the vicinity of Lake Gregory Drive and the weather at the approximate time was clear.
The have also not ruled out foul play in the fatal accident and stated they will not have a cause for the accident until the investigation is completed according to California Highway Patrol Officer Gary Fernandez.
Officer Fernandez also stated that the vehicle was not visible and what gave them a crucial clue was the license plate that was found near the broken guardrail, helping them to identify the driver. The officer also stated that while it is early in the investigation there has been tire marks found on a stretch of the road leading to where the guardrails are located. The marks show that Lamers-Wolfgang was traveling around a curve and veered off her lane onto the shoulder where she went off the cliff.
Sgt. Fernandez also stated that the investigation is going to be very thorough and will include talking to friends and family that would have seen or spoken to the victim the days prior to the accident.
A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s helicopter spotted the broken guardrails and the vehicle. Rescue workers at the scene of the accident were aided by members of the U.S. Forest Service in the recovery of Lamers-Wolfgang’s body.
Lamers-Wolfgang was reported missing Monday evening when she did not telephone her husband. Her husband Kurt Wolfgang filed a missing persons report with the Manhattan Beach Police Department and Wednesday hired a helicopter to search the mountains. The helicopter did not find anything according to Lamers – Wolfgang’s brother-in-law Andy Bark, he also stated the family has concerns that someone might have driven into her lane on the mountain road causing her to veer out of her lane.
Bark also stated that Lamers-Wolfgang made the drive to the Lake Arrowhead home several times a week with her children and she was a stay at home mother that occasionally was employed as a massage therapist. Lamers- Wolfgang is survived by her children ages 4 and 11, her husband Kurt Wolfgang, father Micheal Lamers. She is also survived by siblings Megan Bark, Stacy and Devin Lamers, brothers Erik and David Lamers.
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