19-year-old woman missing in South Lake Tahoe after Snowglobe Music Festival - Updated
Sad news from Tahoe. Authorities have confirmed that the body of missing Petaluma teen Alyssa Byrne has been recovered.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says a utility worker spotted Byrne's body in a snow bank along route from the Snow Globe Festival to a hotel. There were no signs of trauma or foul play. The sheriff said it was if she was walking along the road and stepped off and fell to her death, although no cause of death was immediately known. The worker was in a high vehicle that was able to see over the cliff.
On 1/4/13 at 8:30 AM, the body of Alyssa Byrne was found by South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District workers a short distance off Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe. This location is approximately ½ mile from the Lake Tahoe Community College where the SnowGlobe Music Festival had been held. It is believed that Alyssa Byrne had attended the SnowGlobe event late on New Year’s Eve, and possibly became disoriented when she left the event on foot. There is no indication of foul play or trauma to the body, and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office detectives and the CSI team have processed the scene for evidence. Alyssa’s body will be taken to the Sacramento Coroner’s Office for a forensic autopsy to determine the cause of death.
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STATELINE, Nev. —
A 19-year-old Petaluma woman visiting South Lake Tahoe for the Snowglobe Music Festival — an annual 3-day music event that draws an estimated 40,000 people to the area — has been missing since late New Year ‘s Eve, according to her father.
Alyssa Byrne, who graduated from Casa Grande High School in 2011 and currently works at Cattleman's in Petaluma, travelled to the festival with friends on Saturday morning and was staying at the Horizon Casino Resort. Her father, Kevin Byrne, who lives in Petaluma with his wife, Alyssa and her older brother, travelled to South Lake Tahoe to aid authorities in the search. He said Wednesday afternoon from South Lake Tahoe that police there currently do not have any solid information on her whereabouts.
“It appears that around 11:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve she told her friends she was taking the shuttle (from the festival) back to her hotel,” said a worried Byrne. “That was the last time her friends saw her. Someone said they saw her in the casino area around midnight on New Years, but that was the last sighting of Alyssa.”
Byrne said that South Lake Tahoe Police are working with hotel and casino management to review video surveillance footage to try and establish Alyssa's last movements before she went missing.
Byrne and the South Lake Tahoe Police Department are asking that anyone with knowledge of Alyssa Byrne's whereabouts please contact the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100 or the Petaluma Police Department at (707) 778-4372.
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