Missing Petaluma Teen's Body Found

No signs of trauma; Young woman may have fallen while walking

The body of a Petaluma teen missing in South Lake Tahoe was located Friday morning, although there is no evidence of foul play, authorities say.

Alyssa Byrne’s body was found behind a high snow bank 10 feet off a trail, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. She was found by a utility worker around 8:30 a.m. Friday.

The 19-year old had traveled to South Lake Tahoe to attend a music festival over New Year’s Eve. She was separated from her friends, but sent a text message saying she would take the shuttle back to the Horizon casino where the group was staying.

Deputies say Byrne likely missed the shuttle or decided to walk after learning it was temporarily closed. She had been drinking, according to friends, and may have fallen as she walked back along the dark path. There are no outward signs of trauma to the body. An autopsy is scheduled.

Friends and family were devastated to hear the news Friday.

"She was just so funny, so nice to everyone," said friend Jazmyne Taylor. "She was so great to be around. She is the kind of person that knew everyone and she probably saw some friends and left her group to go talk to them."

Earlier reports stated that Byrne had returned to the resort and was seen in the lobby area. But police were unable to spot her on security footage.

Byrne was an avid lacrosse player, worked at Cattlemen's and was a 2011 graduate of Casa Grande High School. The trip to South Lake Tahoe over New Year’s Eve was Byrne’s first by herself, said her mother Kim Byrne.

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JakeCone January 08, 2013 at 03:04 PM
The only appropriate comments for such a situation are ones of condolence. People just don't know when to shut up. MPW is a moron and without compassion.
Concerned Citizen January 08, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Well said.
mikeg55 January 08, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I'm all for respect for the family, but Petaluma's youth can learn a very important lesson from this tragedy. I just hope they learn it.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 10, 2013 at 05:48 AM
Jake where in my post was I unconpassionate? Or are you just trashing because I am a republican.
Wire January 10, 2013 at 06:06 AM
She removed her jacket, that weather was not jacket only weather, just like i said she would had done. She was a young naive adult. Fox Found “Frozen Alive” in Norway River | RocketNews24 en.rocketnews24.com/2012/.../fox-found-frozen-alive-in-norway-riv... Dec 19, 2012 RIP Alyssa


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