'It's such a tragedy': Camp director describes family's reaction to discovery of Aly Yeoman's body
The grandfather of Aly Yeoman, the missing college student who was identified as the body found Sunday in the Feather River, said the family wants “justice served” in connection with her death.
“We don’t know what happened but we feel like Aly didn’t do this on her own,” said David Yeoman Sr., Yeoman’s grandfather, on Wednesday. “We’re trying to put the pieces together. We want justice served now.”
That sentiment carried over to a Facebook page run by family and close friends of the 20-year-old woman, who went missing March 30. The page, which was originally titled “Find Alycia Yeoman,” was retitled to “Justice for Aly Yeoman” after news broke Tuesday that the body found was hers.
Sarah Davis, executive secretary at the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office, said the investigation into Yeoman’s death remains active. Detectives working on the case are waiting for autopsy reports from the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office before choosing how to proceed with the case, she said.
“Until we receive the autopsy and the cause of death, we will not be able to say what kind of investigation it is,” she said.
Yeoman’s body was found near the Live Oak Recreation Area boat launch on Sunday by an angler. More than a month earlier, Yeoman’s Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was found near the entrance of the same park in an orchard. Investigators said a set of footprints were found near the car.
Yeoman was a Yuba College student who worked two jobs, one at the Gridley Starbucks near Highway 99 and the other at a McDonald’s just a few blocks away. Yellow ribbons, one with the words “Bring Aly home,” remained Wednesday in the Starbucks parking lot.
Myra Graham, who said she attended Gridley High and worked with Yeoman at McDonald’s, and Tiffany Tanabe, laid a bouquet of flowers near the Live Oak Recreation boat launch Wednesday afternoon where a small memorial made up of an assortment of balloons and flowers began to grow.
Graham, a 19-year-old Gridley resident, said she remembered Yeoman as a kind person who “you could always count on.”
“It hurts,” she said of Yeoman’s death.
Tanabe said the news has shocked not only those who knew the 20-year-old, but people in the community who have followed Yeoman’s case since she went missing.
“That’s the thing about living in a small town, everyone is mourning right now,” Tanabe said.
A news release issued by Yuba Community College District said grief-counseling services were being provided to students, faculty and staff following the news of Yeoman’s death.
“The fact that she was a member of our student body makes his very personal for many of her classmates and faculty and staff who knew her,” said G.H. Javaheripour, Yuba College president, in a statement. “Our hearts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this tragedy.”