Leah Rose Altmann, 27, has been missing since the end of August.
(Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office )
A woman who went missing in Los Angeles at the end of August could be a victim of human trafficking, police said.
Leah Rose Altmann, 27, was last seen leaving her Los Angeles apartment on Aug. 28 and has not been heard of since, 10 Local News reported. Although the witnesses said that they saw the Royal Palm Beach, Fla., native outside a Panera Bread in North Hollywood, about a month after her disappearance, she has no contact with her family in months.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Tuesday that Altmann “in trouble” and “may possibly be a victim of trafficking in human beings.” The 27-year-old woman was described as 4-foot-9 and about 90 pounds, blond hair and blue eyes. The police said Altmann left most of her possessions, including make-up and toiletries.
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Paul Altmann, Leah’s father, told People that everyone was worried about his daughter.
“She’s just gone,” he said in the magazine. “We have no idea where she is or what she does. Everyone is very worried about her, because she simply would not disappear for so long.”
He added, “We hope for the best, but we just don’t know where she is.”
Lea Rosa Altman is #Missing and would be in trouble. This girl may be a victim of human Trafficking.
Leah is 4’9″ and about 90 pounds. Last seen at 1154 E 25th Street Los Angeles, CA, leaving everything they owned behind. pic.twitter.com/xHsCdwHTkw
— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) on December 26, 2017
Leah Rose Altmann worked in the sound and audio industry. Officials noted she would often leave for business trips, but not for this time.
“And she is not on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram. … That is not of her,” her father said.
He said that he hoped that his daughter was not the victim of sex trafficking.
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“I hope it’s not true,” Paul Altmann said. “The best-case scenario would be that she is doing what she wants to do. They are doing a gig and not pay attention to the fact that people are looking for her.”
“There are so many explanations,” he continued. “Could it be drugs, alcohol, mental illness? Sure. She could have been kidnapped? Yes. She is the little girl, and I think about what may have happened to her. But we keep hope.”
Lynda Santamaria, Lea’s mother, told The Palm Beach Post her daughter had been estranged from the family for some time, but the relationship has improved recently.
The Los Angeles Police department and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office have asked the public to help find Altmann.