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UPDATE: Early Investigation of Body Found Along River Unable to Determine Time, Cause of Death

Sacramento police are investigating whether the female remains are that of missing UC Davis student Linnea Lomax

Update: A preliminary investigation of unidentified human remains found along the American River Friday morning did not reveal a time, or cause, of death due to advanced decomposition, Sacramento police said.

Police are investigating whether the woman’s body is that of missing UC Davis student Linnea Lomax.

Volunteers searching for Lomax discovered the body in a heavily wooded area along the levee just north of Glenn Hall Park in Sacramento’s River Park neighborhood around 10:18 a.m. Officer Doug Morse said.

At this time no foul play is apparent, according to Morse.

Lomax, a 19 year-old El Dorado County resident and UC Davis student, was reported missing on June 26th and was last seen in the 800 block of Howe Avenue in Sacramento, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s office, not far from where the remains were found.

She had been at a scheduled appointment at an outpatient psychiatric hospital. She left the building to go to lunch, but never returned to her apartment, authorities said.

Earlier today, the following message was posted on the Help Find Linnea Facebook page on behalf of Lomax’s family:

“At this time, we are aware that human remains have been found today in the Sacramento area. Until these remains have been identified by law enforcement, we do not know if they are Linnea's. As long as this question remains unanswered, we will be continuing with the search efforts. We appreciate your prayers, support and your respect for the privacy of the Lomax family during this difficult time.”

The initial investigation was handled by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, but later transferred to El Dorado County.

Circumstances of the case suggested Lomax was “voluntarily missing”, and there were no signs of kidnapping or abduction, according to El Dorado County authorities.

Anyone with information about this investigation should contact Sacramento Police dispatch at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.

Antoinette September 07, 2012 at 10:56 PM
How could the police have not found this!? Why did it take the work of civilian volunteers to make such a discovery!? This is shocking and horrible. Our system failed this young woman in every possible way.
MICHAELAMBLER September 08, 2012 at 03:42 AM
BECAUSE SACRAMENTO COUNTY SHERIFFS IS FAILING TO "SERVE AND PROTECT" AS THEY TOOK AN OATH TO DO. I PARTICIPATED IN THE SEARCH TODAY AND WAS SHOCKED TO FIND OUT THAT THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER TO QUESTION THE SEXUAL PREDATORS OR HOMELESS IN THE AREA. SACRAMENTO COUNTY SHERIFFS HAS FAILED TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THE IMMINENT DANGER OUR COMMUNITY IS FACING DUE TO THE SEXUAL PREDATOR PROBLEM. IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY THERE ARE 3200 REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS, OF THOSE THERE ARE 661 "WANTED" FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS, THAT'S ALMOST 25%. RAPIST, CHILD MOLESTERS, VIOLENT CRIMINALS THAT ARE LOOKING FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO VICTIMIZE ANOTHER INNOCENT PERSON. IT IS TIME WE AS SOCIETY RESPOND, PLEASE GO TO MY WEBSITE AT www.survivorssocietyofamerica.com TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP TO COMBAT THESE STATISTICS OF MASS PROPORTION. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE LOMAX'S. MICHAEL
Karen Kane September 08, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Did either of the above commenters read this from the article "Circumstances of the case suggested Lomax was “voluntarily missing” (you demonize the Sacto Sheriffs, But the case was transferred to the El Dorado folks) and "there were no signs of kidnapping or abduction, according to El Dorado County authorities."? I'm not going to conjecture, but I think the above comments from Michael and Antoinette are really out of place. Can we not wait until some more results are in? Please do not jump to conclusions because they resonate with some beliefs of yours. Also, Michael, your computation is incorrect...it's almost 20%, not 25%, and the computation may be meaningless, anyway, as compliance with registration requirements is indeed a problem, but is not necessarily indicative of vile victimization. Sad as it is, some people take their own lives. Let's not jump to conclusions. Anyway, why demonize the Sheriffs? They do what they can with the resources they have. They just might have more experience with such incidents than you have.

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