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Cops: Missing Florida woman maybe a victim of human trafficking

December 31, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cops: Missing Florida woman maybe a victim of human trafficking

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Police officials in Florida believe a woman who was last seen in Los Angeles in September might be a victim of human trafficking.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office tweeted a picture of 27-year-old Leah Rose Altmann, of Royal Palm Beach.

Altmann left her residence in Los Angeles on August 28th and hasn’t been seen since, according to the Palm Beach Post.

She only had a backpack and did not tell her roommate where she was going. No one has heard from her since.

Witnesses said they saw Altmann at a Panera Bread in Hollywood roughly a month after her she went missing.

Leah Rose Altmann was last seen at her Los Angeles home on Aug. 28. She is 4 feet 9 inches and 95 pounds, with blue eyes and blonde hair she often wears in dreadlocks.

Nevertheless, she has not contacted family or friends. In November, she didn’t call her mother to say happy birthday – which the family says is not normal for her.

In the tweet, the sheriff’s office said that Altmann “could be in trouble” and “may be a victim of human trafficking.”

Altmann is 4ft 9in with blond hair and blue eyes and weighs approximately 90 pounds.

Detectives said they discovered most of Altmann’s belongings in her apartment, including makeup and toiletries.

“She just vanished,” her father, Paul Altmann, said to PEOPLE.

“We have no idea where she is or what she’s doing. Everyone is worried because she wouldn’t vanish for so long. She looks like she’s a teenager,” he continued.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Altmann, a musician, relocated to LA to work in the sound and audio business.

Her father said that his daughter would often not be heard from for days whenever she had a gig.

However, “She has never been gone for this long,” he added.

Paul Altmann says he is disheartened by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office statement which explains the possibility that his daughter is a victim of human trafficking.

“I hope it’s not true,” he told PEOPLE.

“The best-case would be that she’s doing whatever she wants. She’s doing a gig and not paying attention that people are looking for her.”

He admitted that his mind often wanders to thoughts that something horrible has happened his daughter.

“I want to believe she’s okay and that she voluntarily went off the grid, but when my eyes close at night, that’s not what I see. I think about bad things that may have happened. There are so many explanations. Could it be drugs, alcohol, mental illness? Sure. Could she have been kidnapped? But we are holding out hope.”

Authorities in Florida and California are actively searching for her.

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