Friends and family of a missing 19-year-old Placerville woman say she is scared, off her psychiatric medications and without a phone or wallet and are asking for the public's help in finding her.
They cautioned, however, that they believe Linnea Lomax does not want to be found and ask that anyone who sees her not talk to her, but instead contact the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
Lomax, a freshman studying biology at the University of California, Davis, was last seen Tuesday afternoon at an outpatient facility on Howe Avenue. She left on her own will, said Julie Warren, a friend of the Lomax family.
The young woman's friends and family say she had a breakdown while studying for finals. She spent 10 days in a treatment facility, where she received medication and was making progress, Warren said.
Lomax then was upgraded to outpatient services, but she fled after lunch the first day.
"Of course it was scary for her, and because she's not in a normal mental state, she has fear that we're out to get her," Warren said.
Warren said the young woman's parents, who own a Christian youth adventure company, have not been able to sleep since she went missing, and they are working hard to find her.
Some family and friends spent Thursday camped out at the Loaves & Fishes shelter, where she was reported to have been seen Wednesday, Warren said. She also has been seen on Del Paso Boulevard.
"She's a brilliant, bright young woman, a 4.5 (grade point average) student," Warren said. "It's very saddening."
Lomax is described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 100 pounds. She has long, curly blond hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. She was last seen wearing green pants, a dark blue sweat shirt and flip flops.
Sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos said Lomax is considered at risk because her behavior is not normal for her. However, he said there are no indications so far that a crime has occurred.
Anyone who has information about Lomax's whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115.
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