Nineteen-year-old Linnea Lomax disappeared from the Sutter Health psychiatric clinic in Sacramento before her parents could retrieve her after a 10-day stint. She was pressured into checking herself into the clinic by her family, but the facility gave her a clean bill of health. Even the two police agencies that have looked at this case acknowledge that the UC Davis coed is not mentally disabled, but the family and their recruited volunteers are continually spreading contradictory statements. Either these contradictions are done so in a way to call two different sheriff's departments liars or they are being purposely misleading. Now they are offering $5,000 for the "return" of the voluntarily missing adult.
This is starting to get ridiculous. Again, it needs to be made perfectly clear that this young woman is voluntarily missing. She is a legal adult. She does not want to be located by her family. How many times does this need to be repeated? It has been confirmed by two different police agencies that these are the facts. It has been confirmed at least a dozen times now that she is not mentally disabled or in a state of mental frenzy as her parents are trying to push into the media.
While it is understandable that the parents of any missing adult will worry, what the Lomaxes are doing here should not be taking place. They are soliciting for donations, recruiting volunteers, and offering a reward for an essential capture and return to their clutches. Indeed, these people are more than entitled to be worried for their adult daughter, but it just seems that they are laying this obsession on so thick that it comes across as making them seem overbearing and controlling--to say the least.
A $5,000 reward will probably sound good to anyone who knows where this young woman is, but what are they going to do to convince her to return home to her family--where she obviously does not want to go? Do they intend on taking this missing woman against her will? Linnea Lomax doesn't want to be found by her family, period. Police have confirmed this, so why continue? This is turning into a huge mess, and the young woman is probably more than aware of what's been going on in the searches for her. To be frank, this whole uproar is probably pushing her farther into hiding, and can you blame her?
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