Nineteen-year-old Linnea Lomax was allegedly sighted recently in the Woodland area after she has been missing for two weeks. In fact, its reported that she may have been sighted as many as six times over the course of this strange disappearance. Like many high-profile missing persons cases, sightings like these are rarely confirmed, so it is hard to determine whether or not they are credible. Hopefully this latest sighting of the missing UC Davis student indicates that she is in fact safe. On the other hand, the Public Information Officer with El Dorado County Sheriff's Office returned a call to offer little clarification regarding the status of this missing woman.
The officer clarified that the reason Linnea Lomax is now listed as a "missing person at risk" is because of her need for medication. However, with the state of California's "HIPPA" law, he could not clarify what kind of medication she needs. It is a classified matter, and for good reason. Certainly it is embarrassing enough for the young woman that her family has blasted her mental shortcomings all over the national headlines. The officer also declared that Linnea is still voluntarily missing as a legal adult, but she is in need of her medication. That's good to know.
Aside from the recent sighting in the Woodland area, it's being reported that she was seen in a white Toyota pickup with two caucasian men. The woodland sighting may have been at the Yolo Wayfarer Center Christian MissionÂ—a homeless center. It should be pointed out that another sighting of her in the beginning of this case was at a Loaves and Fishes homeless center.
Is Linnea Lomax in the company of friends?
What stands out the most is that she may have been seen with two men. Now, it should be pointed out that these so-called sightings of the missing 19-year-old are coming from the "volunteer headquarters" associated with her family. They are absolutely not confirmed. Until they are confirmed by authorities, these sightings are nothing more than rumor and hearsay. Nonetheless, it is still a possibility that she is in the company of friends, or maybe even a boyfriend and another male. Anything is possible at this pointÂ—even the very unlikely possibility that she is being held against her will.
The phone conversation with the El Dorado County officer revealed that the missing UC Davis coed has made no attempt at letting the authorities know she is fine. She has made no contact with them whatsoever, so either she is unaware of the insanely high-profile search for her (unlikely), or she is indeed frightened. Some comments in online discussion forums have indicated suspicion over the family. Some have gone as far as to claim that she could be dead, and this whole "disappearance" is nothing more than a rouse. While this theory is the making of an excellently intriguing crime story, it's unlikely. Linnea is truly missing, of that much many people are certain.
Another near-certainty is that this woman's life is probably forever altered. With the high level of attention being given to her case and her mental weakness, it's likely to assume she may never find a job in healthcare. She was studying to become a nurse, and with her family and friends drawing so much attention to this shortcoming, and the fact that she may have driven herself crazy to the point of vanishing, people in the area may remember her for years to come. It's also safe to say that if she wasn't in danger before, all of the attention to her and declaration of her "vulnerability" may just attract predators when they do sight her. These are just a few thoughts, in all seriousness.
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