TV anchor Paula Lopez at home
February 28, 2013
Lopez, 48, who is married to a Superior Court judge, anchors for KEYT-TV Channel 3. She was reported missing at about 10:30 a.m.
After her family alerted the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office that she was missing, deputies used search dogs and helicopters as they scoured the area.
The rapid response has raised questions about whether the family received favorable treatment. Typically, law enforcement authorities wait 24 hours before declaring a person missing and launching search efforts.