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Lost & Found: The missing person cases of Laura Stacy and Maricela Garcia

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

The mystery of one woman missing from Southern California’s San Fernando Valley is solved, but the family of another is still searching or answers and hoping for their miracle.

Laura Lynne Stacy, who was reported missing by her Hollywood Hills roommate Sunday, was found wandering near a desert freeway Wednesday. Los Angeles police detectives who traveled 60 miles away from their precinct to join the search discovered the 20-year-old Colorado native. Investigators weren’t ready to explain what had happened to Stacy since they were waiting for her to be treated at a hospital before questioning her.

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Maricela Garcia, who disappeared while shopping with her sister at a Reseda, California, Goodwill store, is still missing after two weeks. Her family has made a desperate plea to Los Angeles police to step up their investigation of her case and change their determination that it was a “voluntary missing” case.

Nancy Grace discusses both cases with Alan Duke on her podcast “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace.” Duke visited the shopping center where Garcia was last seen and shared his observations with Grace.

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Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for LeadStories.com.