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Searchers Find Clue in Case of Missing Student Linnea Lomax

Linnea Lomax

Linnea Lomax

University of California, Davis student Linnea Lomax, 19, left the Sutter Medical Center outpatient facility in Sacramento on June 26, 2012, and has not been seen since. According to her family her bank account, cell phone and social media accounts have not been touched. A family spokesperson, Heidi Hutchison, told Huffington Post that “She was at the clinic for an all day visit, but she walked out during lunch and never came back.” Linnea is not mentally disabled, but checked herself in to the facility after experiencing a break down during finals. Police do not consider Linnea to be in danger, but there is concern that this behavior is uncharacteristic of the honor student. According to Hutchinson, “We think she is scared and does not want to be found at this point,” Hutchison said.

The most recent search for Linnea was organized by Mark Klaas, through Klaas Kids, a non-profit organization he founded after his daughter Polly Klaas was abducted and killed in 1993. Some 250 volunteers have helped search since Klaas became involved with Linnea’s case. Saturday, August 18 they searched an area along the American River Bike Trail, near the Sutter Medical Center, and found the notebook that Linnea had been using in therapy. Her family recognized the handwriting as belonging to Linnea, and made the announcement Sunday. The notebook has been given to police. This is the first piece of solid evidence that has been found in the seven weeks since her disappearance. At this time investigators still have no clues as to Linnea’s physical or mental wellbeing on June 26. Linnea’s family holds out hope that the teen will be found alive.

Linnea is described as white, with long blond hair and blue eyes, 5’2″ tall and weighing about 100 pounds. She was last seen wearing green pants and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt that says “Sweden” in red letters. Anyone who sees Linnea Lomax is asked not to approach her, but instead to contact the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department at 916-564-2215 or call 916-905-HELP. Anyone who wishes to help search for the missing teen can go to Facebook.com/HelpFindLinnea or at HelpFindLinnea.org.

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