Missing Student from California Found After Two Weeks

The 23-year-old California college student who went missing in early April was found safe last week, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Noelle Lynch, the Sacramento State student whose disappearance in early April made national headlines, had contacted her family on April 13, according to her mother Kellie.

Kellie Lunch posted on Facebook that Noelle had called them from Los Angeles, where she went after leaving her family’s Granite Bay home on April 1 without informing them.

Her mother thanked everyone for their prayers, saying in her Facebook post that the “prayers have been answered” and Noelle had been in touch.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed in an April 16 update to its Missing Person alert that Noelle had been “located safely.”

In an interview with People magazine, Noelle’s father Mark Lynch said she left home in a “difficult state of mind.” The day after she left, Noelle was involved in a car accident in Los Angeles. Her mother told ABC-10 that her daughter’s car had been totaled.

According to the Los Angeles Police’s Missing Person notice, the last time Noelle had been seen was when she left an Inglewood apartment on April 3. Around that time, Mark Lynch said the family received a call from Noelle from an unknown number but she was “not making sense.”

The LAPD said Noelle left the Inglewood apartment without her belongings and “may not be able to identify herself.”

At the time she went missing, the Lynch family feared that their daughter was a victim of foul play. Noelle’s cell phone was reportedly found at a Southwest Airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport, however, there was no evidence that she boarded a plane.

As to whether Noelle has returned home to Granite Bay, the family is not saying. Her mother asked that their privacy be respected at this “difficult time.”