When UC Davis student Linnea Lomax went missing in June, a massive search effort was mounted, with possible sightings being reported daily.
As weeks and months passed, the size of the search waned dramatically. Lomax’s family briefly worked with a private investigator and then KlaasKids was brought into the mix. That organizations is founded by Marc Klaas, the father of Polly Klaas, who was kidnapped and murdered in the ‘90s.
This weekend, the first real clue emerged in the disappearance of Linnea Lomax, who walked away from an outpatient care facility in Sacramento after having been treated for a nervous breakdown during finals at UC Davis. Here’s a bit from Marc Klaas’s blog on .
This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday KlaasKids sent 230 search volunteers on 40-search assignments. Search volunteers were a combination of family, friends, others drawn from the faith based community, complete strangers, and KlaasKids friends from the Bay Area. The sun was shining brightly and the temperature was in the high 80-90’s range. We focused the search on the American River for two reasons. It was near the mental health facility that she was last seen at, and she was familiar with and loved the American River. It almost always makes sense to focus a search near the last place the victim was last seen.
On Sunday afternoon one of the search teams found it. Linnea’s notebook, the one she was holding when last seen was there…in the bushes only two blocks away from the mental health facility. It was near a foot path heading toward the river. It seemed to have been flung into the bushes. Our team leader contacted the search center and the authorities. Linnea’s father confirmed the sighting. Now the evidence needs to be processed.