Vehicle found burned
HOLLISTER—Authorities from the City of Hollister are all on the lookout for Heather Alaina Carroll, 25, of Hollister as she was reported missing on Wednesday after she did not pick up her child from school.
On Wednesday, October 10 at about 8:15 a.m. Carroll dropped off her child at Ladd Lane School at 161 Ladd Lane in Hollister. She did not return to pick up two additional children that she takes care on a daily basis.
Family and friends are concerned about this as calls to her cell phone have gone repeatedly unanswered. Her family advised that this is out of her character.
Heather Alaina Carroll is described as being five-feet five-inches tall, with reddish wavy hair, brown eyes and weighs about 130 pounds.
“This investigation is still in its preliminary stage,” Hollister Police Chief David Westrick said. “At this point we cannot say if she was abducted.”
On October 11, at 2:10 a.m. the Hollister Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in the area of Enterprise Road and Glenview Drive. When authorities from both the Fire Department and Police Department reached the scene they determined that is was the vehicle driven by Carroll.
The vehicle was described, as a tan colored Toyota Sequoia SUV license plate is 5YWF431. The vehicle was found approximately 1.7 miles east of Ladd Lane Elementary School. Evidence in the vehicle revealed that it was not occupied at the time of the fire.
The vehicle has been stored at the Hollister Police Department for forensic analysis. Teams from the San Benito County Sheriff Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) are conducting the forensic investigation.
“As soon as this story broke the community has pulled to together to locate this young lady,” Chief Westrick added. “The community has put together a flyer and their goal is to have them posted all over the central coast.”
The Hollister Police department is asking everyone throughout the state to print out a flyer and be on the lookout for Carroll.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Heather Carroll is asked to contact the Hollister Police Department at 1-831-636-4331 or 911. Person wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at 800-78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may result in an award of up to $1,000.