Officials: No leads on missing teen
January 3, 2013
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information about a teen who came to the area to attend SnowGlobe and has reportedly been missing since New Year’s Eve.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, officials stated they had no leads on the the whereabouts of Petaluma resident Alyssa Byrne, 19, who was reported missing on Jan. 1.
Tahoe Search and Rescue joined the search Thursday morning, according to sheriff’s deputy Greg Almos. Teams started setting up a search area near Horizon Casino Resort, the place where she was last seen early on New Year’s Day.
Byrne and three friends left Sonoma County about 9 a.m. Saturday to head to South Lake Tahoe, according to Byrne’s father, Kevin Byrne. She and her friends checked into Horizon Casino Resort on Saturday. She texted her mom Saturday and both parents Sunday, he said.
“She was very good about checking in,” Kevin Byrne said. “We sent her a text at midnight (on New Year’s Eve) but there was no response. We figured she was out having a good time.”
Byrne said they texted her on New Year’s Day, but the friends she was with contacted her parents to tell them they couldn’t find her.
“The last time anyone claims to have seen her was a little after 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day,” he said. “She was in the bar area of Horizon casino and saw someone she knew, said a brief hello and they went in different directions.”
A Thursday release from the sheriff’s office stated that she was last seen wearing black yoga-type pants, black snow boots and her hair was pulled back
Byrne said her cell phone is either turned off or her battery is dead, and the friends she was with took her stuff with them – including her cell phone charger – when they checked out of the hotel after they couldn’t find her, so she has no way to communicate.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Jan. 2 that stated her cell phone was last used in the city of South Lake Tahoe prior to midnight on New Year’s Eve, according to a statement.
“I got up here about noon and went straight to the police,” Byrne said Wednesday. “I went walking through the casinos and went to the community college and hiked around in the snow to make sure I didn’t find her laying in the snow somewhere.”
Friends and family have also started a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AlyssaByrnemissing and Twitter feed at #findalyssabryne to aid the search parties.
Anyone who sees Alyssa Byrne or knows of her whereabouts are asked to call Kevin Byrne at 239-823-0923, Douglas County Dispatch at 775-782-5126, Investigator Dennis Slater at 775-586-7255 or Secret Witness at 775-782-7463.
Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators are working on the case in conjuction with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
– Reporter Axie Navas contributed to this report.