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Wendy Rivas

BOULDER CREEK -- A formal search for a missing 54-year-old woman ended Friday afternoon after authorities said they exhaustively scoured areas around Boulder Creek.

More than a dozen Santa Cruz County Search and Rescue volunteers and deputies combed about 4 square miles around Wendy Elizabeth Rivas' home on the 13000 block of Highway 9, said Santa Cruz County sheriff's Lt. Steve Carney. They also searched both sides of the San Lorenzo River and along the river with a swift water rescue team.

"We feel confident that (Rivas) is not in our search area," Carney said Friday afternoon. "We ask the public if they see or hear anything to give us a call so we can investigate it."

The search took place from 4 a.m. to about 7 p.m. Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. Searchers used tracking K9s and a motorcycle unit, and called hospitals and put up fliers at the bus depot in Santa Cruz and other areas.

Rivas was last seen at her home about 10 p.m. Wednesday, when her husband thought she was going outside to look at their garden or for another reason. When she did not return by 11 p.m., he reported her missing.

Rivas is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 150 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair with red and purple at the tips.

Rivas also has a history of seizures and has a minor wound on her head possibly related to a seizure this week, deputies said.


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It did not appear that Rivas took anything with her from the home besides the purple long-sleeved shirt and purple pants that she was last seen wearing.

"It wasn't like she packed up her stuff and left," Carney said.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information to call dispatch at 831-471-1121.

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