A Santa Barbara anchorwoman reported missing Wednesday morning is safe at home, sheriff's officials there confirmed tonight. Paula Lopez of KEYT-TV news had been reported missing by family members around 10 a.m. The station announced earlier this evening Lopez was safe at home, but Santa Barbara Sheriff's officials initially declined to confirm the information.
Shortly after 7 p.m., the sheriff's office sent out a release saying the search for Lopez was over.
"We are not commenting on the reasons surrounding why Ms. Lopez went missing due to the fact it is a private family matter," the release said.
The search for the well-known anchorwoman had included deputies, police dogs and a helicopter.
Lopez serves on several boards, including one for the American Lung Association of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, according to her KEYT bio. She is a ninth generation Santa Barbaran and is married to Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Frank Ochoa.
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