The people laughing may have known something L.A. Times readers didn’t: that the whole thing was a hoax. Most problematic for the official story is that there is a person who shares Amy Elizabeth Biehl’s date of birth (April 26, 1967) and address of 647 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach, California, named Amy Elizabeth Byrd. In November 2014 Amy Elizabeth Byrd came up in Intelius and similar services as “associated with” Amy Elizabeth Biehl, as well as Amy Biehl’s father Peter, mother Linda, sister Molly Corbin, and brother Zach Biehl; along with several Byrds. In January 2016, Intelius added the helpful detail “Stanford” to Amy Byrd’s profile, as well as the name “William Biehl,” Amy’s grandfather. There are two other addresses for Amy E. Byrd, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Warrenton, Missouri. At these addresses, too, she is listed as associated with Amy E. Biehl.
(Thanks to Anne Berg for fleshing out the Booz Allen Hamilton info!)