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.