Actress Pauley Perrette, who plays quirky forensic specialist Abby Sciuto on the hit CBS series "NCIS," has also dipped her toe in the horror waters, appearing in the 2002 film "The Ring" and the short-lived series "Haunted;" however, when talking to Perrette, it instantly becomes clear that helping those experiencing the real-life horror of missing loved ones is where her true passion lies.
Perrette spoke with Riverside Horror on Wednesday about her involvement in the desperate search for missing Anaheim resident Lacey Brooks, even going so far as to offer a $3000 reward for information leading directly to the her whereabouts. The actress is working via the press and social media in an attempt to help locate the 36-year-old woman, who has been missing since November 29.
This is not Perrette's first time assisting in missing person's cases as she recently explained via Twitter.
"I gratefully play Abby on NCIS, but also I went to school for Sociology, Psychology and Criminal Science. I have worked on many abducted/missing/murder cases. I have saved some, not all."
When asked why this particular case is so important to her, Perrette shared, "a friend of mine has known Lacey for many, many years. She called me and asked for help. I studied the case and met with Lacey's parents. Something is wrong. By all accounts, mostly, she would never have missed Christmas with the family. No one has heard from her since November 29. I want to find her and give her family and friends some relief."
On November 29, Lacey Brooks was visiting her father's Downey, CA home. She left to go for a walk around 10:30 a.m. and has not been heard from since. Her parents had scheduled a visit with a psychiatrist for Lacey that morning to help her deal with some emotional issues. Before leaving, Brooks left a note reading, "Went for a walk. Please let mom know. I'm not going to the appt. today." She also scratched out the phrase, "don't feel like talking."
Lacey's parents filed a missing person's report on December 4, the second such report in the past four months. In October, Lacey went to Arizona without alerting anyone, only to return several weeks later.
While the police do not suspect foul play, the family fears the situation is dire. Perrette agrees, telling CBS affiliate KCAL-9, "She doesn't have her phone. She doesn't have her wallet. She doesn't have her dog, which she goes nowhere without.”
Lacey is 5'5" tall and weighs around 100 lbs. She was probably wearing a grey fleece sweatshirt, dark blue or light grey leggings and grey tennis shoes. She may have a cream-colored ski hat on. Lacey has dark blond hair and blue eyes. She has a tattoo on her lower back that says "Let Love Rule."
Lacey had recently spent time at Dennis the Menace Park on Arrington Ave. in Downey and may have gone to that park to walk.
Anyone with information to report regarding Lacey Brooks may do so via any of the following methods:
- Lacey's parents have set up a toll-free number, 888-511-9898, for tips and information.
- Contact the Downey Police Department at 562-861-0771 referencing case #1282705.
- Contact the Anaheim Police Dept. at 714-765-1900 referencing case #17177653.
- Contact the Missing Person's Hotline at 1-800-222-FIND.
- Lacey's case was also featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted." Tips and info may be submitted via their website.
A Facebook page, "Help Find Lacey Brooks," has been set up to provide up-to-the-minute information. Lacey's family also announced via Facebook on Wednesday that a non-profit trust has been set up to help cover the costs of flyers, the hiring of a private investigator and placing ads. There is a "donate" tab on the Facebook page with further information.
Since Lacey has traveled out of state in the past, her family is asking that information be shared nationwide by posting flyers, which are available on Facebook, and by sharing the Facebook page, and articles such as this, with family, friends and via all forms of social media.
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