Stormy weather suspends search for Heidi Planck's body in landfill

Heidi Planck
Photo of Heidi Planck shared by LAPD when she was first reported missing on Oct. 20, 2021. Photo credit LAPD

Castaic, Calif. (KNX) — Authorities have extended the search for missing Los Angeles mom Heidi Planck at the Chiquita Canyon Landfill in Castaic. To date, investigators have combed through more than 1,000 tons of waste and debris looking for her, L.A. Police officials said Thursday.

Due to unforeseen weather affecting the search, LAPD said it will pause its efforts and resume later in order to "complete the search area defined by this investigation."

While homicide detectives searched the landfill for Planck's remains in late November, her ex-husband revealed that investigators told him that they believe she is deceased.

Jim Wayne spoke out in a news conference on Nov. 29, more than one month after he first reported 39-year-old Planck missing. He spoke on the same day that detectives announced the search of Chiquita Canyon Landfill for her.

Planck was last alive in mid-October, at an apartment complex in Downtown L.A. Her dog was found in the same building, unattended, several hours later.

Wayne said L.A. Police Department detectives have given him little information except that there is forensic evidence at an apartment complex on 1201 South Hope Street indicating that the missing mother is no longer alive.

On Nov. 4, her car was discovered in the underground parking garage of a residential building a few blocks away from where the forensic evidence was found. Both downtown locations are about 42 miles from the landfill LAPD is searching.

Detectives served the warrant to the landfill on Henry Mayor Drive to “excavate a specific area of the landfill” and manually search for human remains, according to police. The search is expected to take anywhere from seven to 10 days to complete.

Wayne, Planck’s ex said he knows someone out there is holding back information.

“There's one in four or five  people that will know exactly what happened,” he said. “And we need them to come forward.”

Anyone with information about Planck’s disappearance, including anyone who lives at 1201 South Hope Street, or who was in the vicinity of the building on Oct. 17, is asked to call the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division at (213) 486-6840. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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