The investigation of the disappearance of UC Davis student Linnea Lomax has been given to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department.
The reason is fairly simple, said Lt. Tim Becker: This is her “county of residence.” Lomax, 19, hails from Placerville, where she also spends time during breaks from school.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department had “taken the investigation as far as it could, and will continue to investigate,” Becker said. It now falls on El Dorado County to maintain her missing persons status and make any updates to her case file.
Becker said that they had not received much information on the case, and that there had not been any tips to indicate Lomax was in El Dorado County, reiterating that the change is only due to her being from Placerville, and the change is a fairly normal procedure in missing persons cases.
“It appears she voluntarily left,” he said of the case. He said that she is an “adult voluntary walkout,” meaning that she, as an adult, has the right to leave and not tell anyone. “People will want to know why you left,” Becker said, noting that parents will want to know what happened to their child, even if that child is an adult.
Lomax, who suffered a mental breakdown while studying for finals, “is not mentally disabled,” Becker said, which also lowers the fear that she is in danger. He also noted that “There’s nothing to show a crime has occurred.”
Lomax went missing on June 26, after leaving the mental health facility on Howe Avenue in Sacramento that she checked into after her breakdown.