9-12-12 Update: According to Linnea Lomax’s father, Craig Lomax, his daughter took her own life.
“It is clear to us that, after a fairly quick onset of mental illness, her delusional fears overcame her to such an extreme that she committed suicide by hanging herself,” he said.
Updated Sep 8, 2012 at 1:42 PM PDT
A body discovered in Sacramento has been positively identified as 19-year-old Linnea Lomax, a distraught University of California, Davis freshman reported missing in June.
The Sacramento County coroner’s office, which confirmed the body’s identity, said Lomax’s death is under investigation, but foul play does not appear to be a factor,
SACRAMENTO, CA- It’s been over one week (June 26, 2012) since a 19-year-old college student vanished after suffering a mental breakdown over exams and her ailing father says he’s felt every minute of it.
The family and friends are offering a $5,000.00 reward, to the person who brings Linnea Lomax home.
Craig Lomax has stayed diligent in the hunt for his daughter who walked out of a mental health facility in Sacramento, California and hasn’t been heard from since.
With few clues and dozens of inconclusive sightings of his daughter – with long, wavy blonde hair and blue eyes, a student at the University of California-Davis – he’s desperate.
‘I’m fairy numb, because this is so ridiculous,’ Craig Lomax, 46, told the Sacramento Bee from a volunteer command post set up at a local Sacramento fire station.
‘To take someone like Linnea and put her on the streets eating out of garbage cans … it’s so unrealistic, it can’t even be real,’ he said.
Since disappearing on June 26, the father from Placerville – approximately 45 miles east of the school’s campus – has stayed in an area motel maintaining hope they’ll find her.
With him are over 750 volunteers in the last week in search efforts applauded by the local sheriff’s department who say they don’t have the resources to actively search for her.
‘I never knew my daughter could go from being a happy college student – a stressed, but happy college student – in May, to being in the streets in June,’ he solemnly expressed to the Sacramento Bee.
It was several weeks ago Linnea’s parents first saw her out-of-character behavior while preparing for finals in her school dorm room.
She had lost 20lbs off her skinny 115lb frame, was pulling her hair out and clutching a bottle of ibuprofen.
A suicide-related website was open on her computer screen.
She was placed in 10 days of inpatient therapy at a local facility where she disagreed with her doctors’ diagnosis of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders, according to the paper.
She refused the medications they prescribed to her and once during her first day of outpatient counselling, she left, just hours into her treatment.
Mr. Lomax and his wife Marianne were told she had walked out that afternoon around lunch time when they went to pick her up.
Since then she was last reported seen on Monday morning of this week within the area.
Among his anger now is her ability to have just walked away that Tuesday afternoon.
‘I don’t totally disagree with the laws, but there needs to be some kind of system for [cases like this[,’ he told the paper. ‘It missed Linnea on the first round.’
A straight-A, 4.0 grade point average student with high ambitions also in sports, he believes his daughter had a ‘passion to be perfect,’ leading to her break his family now wish they caught in time.
‘I think people call it a nervous breakdown. I don’t know if that’s the technical term for it but she just got so stressed she broke down,’ Mr Lomax said earlier this week.
Though she used to be an A-student at the university, the stress of school became too much for her around finals time making her ‘…very stressed, and she wasn’t being reasonable,’ her father said.
Her family and friends have enlisted police and volunteers to help search for her, but their concerns are growing since she does not have certain medication that she is required to take.
Her friend Lexi Thorup said that she became worried about Linnea during the days and weeks leading up to the end of the semester when she was finishing her freshman year while she was pursuing a human development degree.
‘She sounded really confused and scared. It didn’t sound like the Linnea I know and I just think the pressure from school just kind of got to her,’ Ms Thorup said.
The 19-year-old blonde was wearing a black hoodie, skinny jeans and flip flops at the time of her disappearance.
Up until the point when her parents took her out of school, Ms Lomax had a 4.0-grade point average.
‘We all have strong gifts that are also our greatest weakness if you can’t harness that … and redirect that energy,’ Mr Lomax told the Sacramento Bee.
The Huffington Post reports that she had expressed an interest in pursuing a career in nursing.
‘I know that she has such a beautiful future ahead of her and we have so much hope that that future will come into place and someday we will see her graduating college and getting married,’ Ms Thorup said in a video plea for her discovery.
Her sister also released her own emotional plea alongside her parents’ side:
‘We know we’ll find her we just need everyone’s love and support to continue that they’ve been doing and we just love you guys and let’s, let’s find her.’
Her family have released a number of photos in the hopes of making her face and situation well-publicized. They said that on the day of her disappearance, she was wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt, skinny jeans, and flip flops.
The Lomaxes are desperate to find their ‘angel’ of a daughter, and her mother said pleaded: ‘we are a very tight family and we want her back’.
‘You know you’re loved,’ her father said in an emotional appeal to his daughter.
‘I know that part of you still knows, but the other part’s not working and we need you to call home.’
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