Unexplained Death Of UC Student Linnea Lomax – Did She Commit Suicide Or Did Something Else Happen?

Posted: October 29, 2012 in Unsolved In California
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10/30/12 CALIFORNIA — Nineteen-year-old University of California Student Linnea Lomax disappeared on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 walking from a mental health facility near Carmichael in Sacramento, CA after being released. She was admitted into the facility due to anxiety and stress. She was last seen walking at approximately 1pm  in the 800 block of How Avenue when she suddenly vanished. A frantic search ensued and missing persons flyer’s were handed out to hundreds. Social-media sites like Facebook played a large-role in spreading the news of her disappearance. A Facebook page called ” Help Find Linnea Lomax Missing From Sacramento California ” had received over 6,000 ”likes” but after ten weeks of not knowing what happened to the UF Student, her family and loved ones got news that no parent wants to hear…

Her body was discovered along the American River in Sacramento, not far from where she went missing.

Linnea wasn’t in her best state in the days leading up to her disappearance. She was under alot of stress and anxiety which would of made her extra vulnerable. 

But now many are speculating that the young woman committed suicide, although no proof points to this assumption. A websleuth’s user even commented: 

Originally Posted by AQuietHeart View Post
There was evidence of delusional thinking that has been released by the family. Linnea believed that if she “failed” her family would die. She was in clear psychosis.

Another user(s) wrote:

Originally Posted by AQuietHeart View Post
There was evidence of delusional thinking that has been released by the family. Linnea believed that if she “failed” her family would die. She was in clear psychosis. What is so difficult is that the timeframe from the onset of obvious symptoms of a crisis to when Linnea went missing is rather short. That means that the people with the most information about her medical condition are the doctors and nurses at Sutter inpatient. They don’t do TV interviews nor do they speak or blog to the public. The police and family, most likely have spoken to them. If Linnea signed a release when she was admitted, they can give information to the family (that’s how it works in WA, not sure about CA). She may not have signed that release.

As far as Linnea’s friends and others, I can’t imagine them talking publicly about what they saw and their concerns without asking the family’s permission first (just out of respect).

I don’t think there is any doubt that Linnea is in danger. The question is what happened to her after she walked outside the outpatient facility?

A relative of Linnea believed to be her parent also commented on the websleuth’s thread under the username ”AQuietHeart” – She wrote: 

Thank you for your kindness. I try to keep down the talk about our daughter on Linnea’s thread however, it’s the only way I know how to explain that our family unfortunately knows many of the answers to your questions through personal experience.

To answer your questions:
Here is the link to the timeline. June 25th is where the delusions are addressed.

With regards to the “clear psychosis”….that’s my definition. I define delusions and clear psychosis as the same thing. Been there, seen it…you can’t talk them out of it. I tried. They tried.

Yes! Absolutely! The system doesn’t work the way many people think it does. The goal is to stabalize the patient and return them to family/friends for care. For example, the doctors will try many medicines trying to find the one that doesn’t give off the worst side effects, then the patient is released to the family to wait for the medicine to pull them out of the delusions. It took weeks for our daughter. I will never forget the moment she realized the delusion was not real…complete shock on her face. The Insurance Co’s will not agree to pay for an extended stay over 7-10 days unless the person is a danger to themselves and/or others and then they are often transferred to State mental institutions. No way did Linnea reach that threshold. Great system huh? We need to do better. 

She was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the words “Sweden” in red and green pants. If you think you may have seen a young blonde Caucasian female with wavy/curly hair in the Sacramento area this past June, you’re urged to contact the tip-line at (916) 905-HELP (4357)

Photo of Linnea Lomax with her hair tied back in a pony-tail.

Help Find Linnea Lomax Missing From Sacramento, California (Facebook Group) – http://www.facebook.com/linnea.lomax#!/HelpFindLinnea – Also a website was created during the time of Linnea’s disappearance called helpfindlinnea.org

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has assumed primary investigative responsibility for the case as Lomax is a Placerville/El Dorado County resident.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: El Dorado Police Department (916) 874-5115


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