BREAKING: Former KCAL Anchor Reported Missing in Santa Barbara*

All manner of LA and Santa Barbara media are sharing the concerning news this afternoon that KEYT-TV 11 p.m. news anchor Paula Lopez has been reported missing. A statement shared by her employers is being widely circulated:

“It is clearly a difficult time for her family and our own family at KEYT. All of us at KEYT stand ready to assist in any way we can.”

“For now, on behalf of KEYT and NPG of California, our thoughts and prayers are extended to Paula as well as her family and those searching to find her. We hope for her safe and speedy return.”

Lopez anchored KCAL9 News for several years in the early 1990s, in-between stints for ABC-TV affiliate KEYT (Channel 3), where she started as an intern in 1985. Anyone with information about a possible sighting of Lopez should contact the Santa Barbara Police Department at (805) 897-2300.

*Update – 02/27/13: This is the best kind of update of all. Per the LA Times, Lopez is safe and sound. She is back at home after dealing with an  undisclosed “personal matter.”

[Photo courtesy KEYT]