UC Davis student leaves mental hospital, disappears

Posted at 6:20 PM, Jul 01, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-01 18:20:23-04

Friends and family passed out flyers of missing 19-year-old UC Davis student Linnea Lomax, who was last seen Tuesday leaving a mental hospital in the Sacramento area, CBS Sacramento reports.

Linnea’s father, Craig Lomax, told CBS Sacramento that his daughter is a perfectionist, a straight-A student and a hard worker who always focused on doing her best. But after some struggles at the University of California, Davis, she started to change.

“I think people call it a nervous breakdown. I don’t know if that’s the technical term for it but she just got so stressed she broke down,” Craig said. “She had lost a lot of weight and she was very stressed, and she wasn’t being reasonable.”

Worried for her welfare, Linnea’s family pulled her out of school before finals and placed her in an outpatient therapy center for 10 days. She disappeared a day after being released.

Since her disappearance, hundreds of family, friends and volunteers have searched for the missing teen in in the Sacramento area. Linnea’s family asks anyone who spots her to call 911 immediately, saying she doesn’t have her medication and they worry about what may happen to her.

“You know you’re loved. I know that part of you still knows, but the other part’s not working and we need you to call home,” said Craig Lomax, in a message to his daughter.