Timeline

What and when events transpired prior to Linnea's disappearance.

F rom her childhood Linnea Lomax was a bright happy girl who surrounded herself with family and friends. Though she sometimes fought with her brother and sister, and disagreed on occasion with her parents, she managed to make it through adolescence without much of the drama that is normally associated with the high school years. As she grew into adulthood, Linnea never lost her love for people. She greeted everyone with a smile, eagerly inquired about their lives, was quick to help those in need; a young mother with a new baby, a friend struggling with relationship problems, a co-worker behind in his work.

She has always maintained close contact with her family and friends, both in person and through texts and phone calls. She loves her job as an adventure guide at a camp run by her parents, where she can be surrounded by many life-long friends. Linnea is a perfectionist, demanding the best from herself at all times. She graduated from El Dorado high school in 2011 with a GPA of 4.1. In September of 2011 she began studies at UC Davis, determined to get straight A’s and she nearly did, ending her first year with a GPA of 3.8. In all of her 19 years, there was never a sign of mental illness.

October 2011

In October of 2011 she sustained a knee injury, which caused her great worry because she was afraid she might not be able to work at camp during the summer.

Throughout the fall and winter Linnea did well in school while managing all of her own affairs, pushing herself to find productive employment, maintaining a high level of involvement in her social groups, and managing her health insurance and medical appointments. She seemed happy to face the challenges, joys and defeats of becoming an adult living on her own, but then, gradually, she seemed to grow weary.

 

 

May 2012

On May 27th Linnea and her family went away for the weekend. Her parents were surprised to see that she had lost about 10 pounds since they had last seen her on May 6th. She seemed unusually focused on an elbow injury, and more stressed about school than normal.

June 8

On June 8th Linnea’s parents visited her for her birthday, and were alarmed to see that she had lost another 10 pounds and her lower lip was split open in 3 locations. She called herself lazy and unmotivated to do well in school, though she had been up studying all night. She had also withdrawn from all her usual social groups. At this time Linnea’s parents were seriously concerned and tried to convince her to take incompletes for her classes and take her finals in the fall (An idea that was introduced to them by Davis staff.) but Linnea refused, insisting that such an action would be unfair or cheating. Also by this time worried friends and her roommate had contacted her RA, concerned that something was terribly wrong. It became clear to her parents that Linnea had excessive, dramatic fears regarding her studies and future that were completely unfounded and unrealistic. They were unable reassure her or calm her fears.

June 11

On June 11th Linnea’s parents again visited, finding her reading a suicide-related website and pulling at her hair. Linnea still refused to withdraw from school. Concerned for Linnea’s safety, her mother stayed with her while Linnea again studied all night, feeling in the morning like she was “lazy” and didn’t try hard enough.

June 12

On June 12th Linnea was convinced that she would fail her last final. She withdrew from the class and returned home with her parents. (She also felt she was going to fail another one of her classes but we see now that she got an A-.)

June 13

On June 13th Linnea was seen by her family practice doctor, who referred her to a licensed psychologist. At the time she weighed 96 pounds (her normal weight was 115 Lbs) and had sores around her mouth, the result of dehydration and/or malnutrition.

June 14

On June 14th Linnea was seen by the psychologist who strongly recommended she be taken to a psychiatric hospital. Later that night Linnea was admitted for inpatient psychiatric care.

June 25

On June 25th Linnea was discharged from inpatient care, with prescriptions and significant follow-up instructions including outpatient therapy. She went home with her parents. Although she was improving socially, she still could not shake her disturbing thoughts. She feared that she would “fail” her therapy, which would in some way endanger her life and the lives of her family. Despite the reassurances of her parents, she continued to insist that her delusional fears were valid.

June 26

On June 26th Linnea left the outpatient clinic after half of her full day appointment. Neither Law Enforcement nor any of her friends or family have reported seeing or hearing from her since.

This is a brief compilation of events prior to Linnea’s dissappearance. If new information comes to light (and is approved by Law Enforcement and Family for sharing) it will be added to this document. 

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19 Comments

  • Karen Richardson July 14, 2012 at 7:35 am Reply

    I’m so sorry you’ve had to go through all of this. You were dealing with an extremely emotionally difficult crisis even before she disappeared. Praying for you and Linnea continously that she will be found soon.

    I live in Woodland and am always keeping my eyes open for her in case she’s here. There was a flyer up when my kids and I went to the pool yesterday. So you’ve got Woodlanders looking for her too.

  • Debra Padilla July 14, 2012 at 9:34 am Reply

    Continuing to pray that Linnea is safe and that she reaches out to her family and friends. My heart goes goes out to all of you.

  • Becky Paulay July 14, 2012 at 9:45 am Reply

    My heart breaks for her family. I went through a similar problem at her age and by the grace of God came through it. Mental health issues are real and they effect whole family systems and it doesn’t matter if the family cares…..it still can happen to ANYONE. It is not a character flaw…it is a brain chemistry disfunction. I pray for her safe retun and wholeness.

  • Carring July 14, 2012 at 10:19 am Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. Continuing to keep Linnea, her family and all the volunteers in my thoughts. I think about you all – most of the day~

  • Renee July 14, 2012 at 11:46 am Reply

    also continueing to send thoughts and prayers to linnea and her family–MH issues are real–can come on suddenly–also been there–and throw in some “faith” issues can be devastating–so hard to understand when no one else seems to understand–Linnea you are NOT alone–HE is with you also–lord continue to guide her, protect her, and comfort her–and sending thoughts and prayers to the family–i find it overwelming (in a good way) how the family continues to reach out, the overwelming support for Linnea, etc–it is a hard battle alone and through awareness, support and prayers there is a way–THANKS for keeping us updating and continuing to pray

  • Diane July 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm Reply

    Thank-you for sharing the timeline with everyone. It sure helps all of us who have known Linnea over the years and are struggling to understand what has happened with her. I’m praying that God may continue to strengthen you and grant you perseverance through this extreme trial and God will be ever so near to Linnea keeping watch over her until she returns home.

  • Ronda Hampton July 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm Reply

    Unfortunately it is usually the case that a mental health crisis strikes an individual in their early adulthood when they have so much to look forward to. Stay strong and know that most individuals with mental health issues go on to have normal and productive lives. One of the most gratifying parts of my job is when I see a patient stabilize and go on to lead productive lives. Continue your fight for your daughter. For the rest of us let us continue to keep the word out!!

    Peace be with you,

    Ronda

  • Steve Malkman July 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm Reply

    Just curious. How does this help anyone find Linnea?….uhh god bless etc etc.

  • Ali Gennai July 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Steve, this is an official timeline. It answers many questions people have been wondering about, and even speculating about, with solid information. It is an integral part of a piece of the puzzle if you will. It helps those that support the cause understand the situation by offering us, the public, as much factual information as is deemed appropriate for public disclosure. It also serves to dispel rumors containing incorrect information. And yes, God bless!

  • Trina Riepe July 15, 2012 at 12:58 am Reply

    praying fervently!! Love to the Lomax family, know you are being upheld in prayer and that a Sovereign, Omnipotent, Omnicient God is using your suffering for His glory! praying Linnea is found safe and returned to your family for the loving support she so needs right now! praying God protects her both physically and mentally and hold her close spiritually!

  • Lars Jorgensen July 15, 2012 at 9:51 am Reply

    @Steve,
    Publishing this may also help families who find themselves dealing with mental health issues. It helps people to recognize the signs and may help another Linnea to accept more help.

  • Steve Malkman July 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm Reply

    AH OK, thanks for the clarifications. I also would advise the family to look into the possibility that Linnea has been taking Adderall (Methamphetamine salts) this is extremely common amongst college students and can cause this sort of behavior. It is taken as a study aid and can quickly lead to dependence. God bless

  • Katherine (McFall) Neil July 16, 2012 at 11:49 am Reply

    I’ve been tracking this for a while now, even though I haven’t seen Craig since I was a child. Stay strong. I hope Linnea finds her way home soon.

  • Lorrie July 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm Reply

    I am continuing to pray for Linnea’s safety and holding her loved ones close to my heart. The pain must be unbearable…With love, Lorrie

  • The Gershoony Family July 26, 2012 at 5:00 am Reply

    We are entering the throne room of Christ on your behalf and on the behalf of your sweet daughter. Praying that the Lord brings her home safe and well into the arms of your family. Our hearts go out to you and please know that daily we hug our children and think of your Linnea.

  • Beth Anderson August 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm Reply

    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” – Second Corinthians,Chapter 1 verses 3-5

  • Michael J Boswith August 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm Reply

    No words. Prayers yes, words no. Tears yes, words no. One candle lit in the storm. I still believe. Linnea ….

  • Susan Varner September 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm Reply

    Father God in Heaven, I pray with the blood of Jesus Christ, that the Lomax family relies on you for strength and comfort as they search for their precious Linnea. Keep them all safe and assure them of your love.

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