SACRAMENTO, CA - A notebook and folder belonging to 19-year-old missing UC Davis student Linnea Lomax was found in the brush near a bike trail along the American River Sunday afternoon.
Searchers from the KlaasKids Foundation and Bay Area Missing were in Sacramento for the weekend to help find the teenager.
It did at least confirm that our best guesses were right and that she would have accessed that trail system, said Brass Dennis of the KlassKids Foundation. "That does dove tail into a lot of the sightings that we've had. So, now it's just a matter of going out and eliminating a lot of that area."
Lomax has been missing since leaving a medical office on Howe Avenue June 26. Her family says she suffered a breakdown after her college exams and they were worried that she may need medication to treat anxiety.
"We're also going out and canvassing the area with flyers," said Dennis, "to see if we can get any new leads or tips."
The weekend search got underway Friday with some teams actively searching and others scouting locations for more thorough searching Saturday and Sunday when the number of volunteers was bigger. More than 245 volunteers aided in the weekend search.
For Blake McKinney of El Dorado Hills, it was the first time either he or his wife has been involved in such an effort.
"I've never done anything like this before," McKinney said. "But I've got a little girl and I know that if she went missing I would hope that as many people as could be involved would come pitch in."
There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to Lomax's safe return.
The Lomax family plans to gather search crews and continue searching along the American River every other weekend starting in September.
By Natalie Sentz, firstname.lastname@example.org