Friday marks one year since a Sunland woman mysteriously disappeared after leaving a family gathering in La Crescenta, and family members have renewed a $5,000 reward for information leading to her as they continue seeking answers and maintaining hope that she’ll be found safe.
Kimberly Blum, 45, vanished June 5, 2014, after leaving a graduation party for her niece at her sister’s home in the 200 block of Cinco Casitas Lane, according to Los Angeles police officials and family members.
Compounding the pain of missing her daughter is the mystery surrounding what happened to her, said her mother, Rosalie Blum.
“It’s the mystery of it, too,” she said. “It’s really hard to describe. You’re sad, but you don’t know what you’re sad for.”
Kim Blum’s car was never found, and her bank accounts and credit cards have not been used since her disappearance, Detective Cletus Carlton of the LAPD’s Adult Missing Persons Unit said.
“It’s like she just disappeared completely,” the detective said.
The only physical trace left behind was a small bag containing medication and other personal items belonging to Kim Blum found along the side of Angeles Crest Highway, 21 miles north of the 210 Freeway, in the early days of the search.
Nothing has been seen or heard of her since, Carlton said. “We have no new leads.”.
Blum had a cell phone with her when she disappeared, but it was last detected near her sister’s home, Rosalie Blum said.
Carlton said police were working with search and rescue officials and volunteers to organize another search of the area of the Angeles National Forest where Kim Blum’s belonging’s were discovered. Plans for the upcoming search were yet to be finalized, but the family hoped to organize the effort to seek clues around the time of Blum’s 46th birthday on June 30.
Rosalie Blum said after all this time without any sign of her daughter, she wondered if Kim Blum may have disappeared somewhere other than the forest.
“We do know that she had a full tank of gas,” she said.
“They’ve been up there twice with search helicopters. Friends even hired a helicopter and went up to look,” Rosalie Blum said.
“That whole summer, we were up there putting up fliers and posters, and just everything everybody could think of,” she said.
And with a year of hikers and campers traversing the forest, the mother said she found it odd that no additional signs of Kim Blum have turned up.
Family members remained baffled, Rosalie Blum said. “It’s a total, total, disappearance. Even her car,” the mother said.
There was no indication that Kim Blum wanted to be missing, according to her family and police.
She was expecting a friend to visit the following day, and had been making appointments at her personal organizer business, her mother said. And she left behind a beloved pet dog.
Kim Blum, who graduated La Canada high School and the University of Redlands, is white, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 144 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She also wears prescription glasses She was last seen wearing a black tank top, and
Her missing vehicle is a 2004 Honda CRV SUV with California license plate 5JVU774.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Carlton at 213-996-1800. The family has set up a website dedicated to the search for Kim Blum at www.findkim.com.
PHOTO of Kimberly Blum. (Courtesy)