A body found along the American River in California has been confirmed as that of missing UC Davis student Linnea Lomax.

The cause and manner of death are under investigation. Sacramento County Coroner Greg Wyatt said, "Foul play does not appear to be a factor at this point."

According to the Sacramento Police Department, a volunteer search team was looking for Lomax in the area of Glenn Hall Park on Friday morning. The team discovered the badly decomposed remains at about 10 a.m., in a heavily wooded area just north of the park. The search team notified the police, and homicide detectives and crime scene investigators were dispatched to the location.

Due to the advanced decomposition of the body, preliminary investigations were unable to determine cause and time of death.


According to Lomax family spokeswoman Amanda Ernst, arrangements for a "Celebration of Life service" are being made.

"Her parents will be making their first public statement [about the discovery] at 10 a.m. (CST)," Ernst told HuffPost. "They'll make a statement and announce the time of her services."

Lomax, a 19-year-old student at the University of California, Davis, was last seen alive at an outpatient clinic on Howe Avenue in Sacramento on June 26. She was at the clinic for an all-day visit, but she walked out for lunch and never came back, Lomax's friend, Heidi Hutchison, told The Huffington Post.

According to Hutchison, Lomax had suffered a mental breakdown while studying for finals. A 2011 graduate of El Dorado High School in Placerville, Calif., she had just completed her freshman year at UC Davis in June. She had a 4.0 grade point average and was studying human development, with the intent of pursuing a degree in nursing.

The young woman spent more than a week at a treatment facility, but was released for outpatient therapy after she showed progress.

Lomax's parents operate Rock-N-Water Christian Camp in Northern California. According to the organization's website, the purpose of the camp is to "experience the joy of God's living word through adventures in the outdoors." Lomax had worked at the camp for the past several summers as a counselor for teens.

Multiple searches had been conducted for Lomax, and late last month authorities received their first solid lead when a notebook belonging to her was found near the American River bike trail. The location is not far from the medical center where she was receiving treatment and not far from where her body was later found, police said.

Members of HelpFindLinnea.org posted a message about the tragic discovery to their website.

"She has gone to be with her Lord. Yet in our sorrow we do not despair, knowing we will see her again one day," the message reads.

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    "Linnea is an angel. She is very smart. She is very sweet and caring. She is normally a very self-confident, self-assured and well-adjusted young woman. She has a bright future, a loving, supportive family and a heck of a lot of friends," Lomax family spokeswoman Heidi Hutchison told The Huffington Post before Linnea Lomax's body was found.

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    Linnea Lomax was a white female, 5'2" tall and weighing approximately 100 pounds. She had long blonde hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing green pants and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt that said "Sweden" in red. Anyone with information about how she died can contact the Sacramento Sheriff's Department at 916-874-5115. Information can also be found at www.facebook.com/HelpFindLinnea.