DOWNTOWN — Police in Los Angeles are pleading with the public to help them find a woman from Venice who has been missing for over a year.

Nancy Barrett, 53, was last seen on July 14, 2010 around 4:45 p.m. in the area of her home in the 2600 block of Grand Canal Court in Venice.

Barrett, described as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds, moved from her apartment to her car, which was parked in front of her former home, police said.

She abandoned her car and possessions and left the area under unknown circumstances. She has not been seen or heard from since, and her family is extremely concerned about her welfare, police said.

Police believe Barrett’s hair is most likely gray. She may have been wearing green cargo pants and a tan sweater. She may be in Venice or Santa Monica.

Anyone who has seen or may have information regarding Barrett’s whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

kevinh@www.smdp.com

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