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Two Years After She Vanished at LA Museum, Missing Woman Confirmed Dead

The remains were found on a steep hillside that burned in March 2017 above Sherman Oaks. Nancy Paulikas was the inspiration for LA Found, a countywide program to find individuals using trackable bracelets

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    Missing Woman's Remains Found in Santa Monica Mountains

    A husband's two-year to find his missing wife comes to a sad end. DNA testing confirmed it was her skeletal remains found in the Santa Monica mountains. Hetty Chang reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2018.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 28, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Nancy Paulikas disappeared in October 2016 during a visit with her husband to the LA County Museum of Art

    • Her death was confirmed after a charred partial skull was found on a mountainside that burned above Sherman Oaks

    • There were no details as to the cause of death, believed to have happened in March 2017

    More than two years after she vanished during a visit to a Los Angeles museum, a skull and other remains found on a burned Southern California hillside were determined to be those of a missing Manhattan Beach woman, her husband said Wednesday.

    Nancy Paulikas, who had early-onset Alzheimer's disease, was 55 years old when she wandered away from her husband at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Oct. 15, 2016. The disappearance was the inspiration for a county-wide program that uses trackable bracelets to help find missing people.

    Paulikas' death was confirmed after the discovery of a charred partial skull, according to the county coroner's office, which listed her date of death as March 11, 2017. The remains were found on a steep hillside that burned above Sherman Oaks on that date.

    The coroner's office listed her cause and manner of death as undetermined.

    Remains Found on Burned Hillside Are Those of Missing Woman

    [LA] Remains Found on Burned Hillside Are Those of Missing Woman

    Nancy Paulikas, who had early-onset Alzheimer's disease, was 55 years old when wandered away from her husband at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Video broadcast Thursday Dec. 27, 2018 on Today in LA.

    (Published Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018)

    Her husband, Kirk Moody, said he heard from police that the skull and some ribs were determined to be Paulikas' remains.

    "I heard from the police today that they have identified a skull and some ribs as positively matching Nancy's DNA," he said.

    Moody, who spoke with NBC4 in October 2016 about his wife's disappearance, said he had no details as to the cause of death. He said that "it seems clear she met her demise in an unfortunate manner."

    Moody and the rest of Paulikas' family had been holding out hope she would be found in a care facility. Paulikas was last seen on security video that showed her walking west on McCarthy Vista near the time she disappeared.

    A $100,000 reward was offered for information leading to Paulikas' safe return.

    Her husband, who met Paulikas when both worked together, said he hoped her case would raise awareness and "inspire efforts to better address issues with at-risk people going missing." Paulikas' disappearance became the inspiration for LA Found, a countywide program to find individuals using trackable bracelets, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said.

    Woman With Dementia Disappears During LACMA Visit

    [LA] Woman With Dementia Disappears During LACMA Visit
    A Manhattan Beach man is on a desperate search to find his wife, who has Alzheimer's and dementia and disappeared during an afternoon visit to the LACMA. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.
    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016)

    "I am heartbroken," Hahn said. "For two years we have kept hope alive that Nancy would be found safe and could be reunited with her family. I want to thank everyone who continued to search for Nancy. May she rest in peace."

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