SACRAMENTO, CA - Family, friends and strangers touched by her story were on hand again Friday, joining in the search for missing U.C. Davis college student Linnea Lomax.
The 19-year-old has been missing since Tuesday afternoon when she left an outpatient clinic on Howe Avenue. She is considered at risk. Her family says she is suffering from a "breakdown" and suspect she is off her medication.
"It is very scary," said family friend Wendy Appleby, "because she's out there and we know she's frightened and we just want to make sure she's safe and gets back to her family."
But that is complicated by the fact that she may not want to be found.
"She thinks," her father, Craig Lomax said, "that all that help that is coming to help her is something bad. She's thinking they're going to give her meds and give her therapy for something she doesn't think she has."
A command center has been set up on the second floor of a fire station near Watt and El Camino. Here volunteers are taking note of sighting locations and dispatching teams of searchers to check out each new tip.
After midnight Wednesday, they thought she was spotted behind Costco near Cal Expo, but she disappeared.
With word getting out and a presence on Facebook, the number of people who are showing up to help is bouying up family and friends.
"It goes give you hope, you know," Wendy Appleby said, "that we're going to find her. We have to find her. We just have to."
by Jonathan Mumm email@example.com