PLACERVILLE, CA - Authorities believe a young woman who vanished exactly one month ago is alive.
Linnea Noel Lomax, 19, was last seen June 26 on the 800 block of Howe Avenue in Sacramento when she left an outpatient therapy center.
At a Thursday news conference, El Dorado County Sheriff John D'Agostini, whose department has taken over the Lomax investigation, said an investigator assigned to high-tech crimes was looking into the missing woman's cellphone records and Facebook, social media and bank accounts to uncover any leads.
Nothing so far has provided a clue as to her whereabouts, D'Agostini said.
"Somebody out there knows where Linnea is," D'Agostini said. "We just want to make sure she's OK."
"I know she would have called us to tell us she's OK," said Lomax' mother, Marianne Lomax, who also was at the press conference. "It's a nightmare not to know where your daughter is at."
The reward for information leading to the 19 year old has grown to $10,000. The website www.helpfindlinnea.org described Lomax at risk because she could be a danger to herself. It was believed she didn't have prescribed medications with her.
Lomax had been a student at UC Davis.
Lomax was described as white, 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 100 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes.
When last seen, Lomax was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt with the word "Sweden" on it and faded, green skinny jeans. Her hair was worn down and was described as frizzy and unkempt.
Anyone with information was asked to call a 24-hour tip line at (916) 905-HELP or (916) 564-2215 or log onto www.helpfindlinnea.org.