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.
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.
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 She had also withdrawn from all her usual social groups.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.
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.
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-.)
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.
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.
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.
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.Help Find Linnea
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