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Parents, Police, FBI Searching for Missing Teen

"I'm living minute by minute," says girl's mother

 

The mother of a 19-year-old Petaluma woman who went missing after she attended a music festival in South Lake Tahoe on New Year's Eve said her husband is searching for their daughter today.

Kim Byrne said she last heard from her daughter Alyssa Byrne, who graduated from Case Grande High School in Petaluma in 2011, on New Year's Eve afternoon.

"She was due back at work Tuesday" at the Cattlemen's restaurant in Petaluma, Byrne said. "She was going to be driving back with three friends."

Byrne said her husband Kevin has been searching in the South Lake Tahoe and Stateline, Nev., area "morning and night," and calls her hourly.

"They're searching empty lots and the hotel area," Byrne said.

Alyssa Byrne was staying with friends at the Horizon Casino Resort in Stateline, Nev. while they were attending the SnowGlobe Music Festival,

Douglas County sheriff's Sgt. Pat Brooks said.

The three-day music event that typically draws an estimated 40,000 people was held at the Lake Tahoe Community College campus Dec. 29-31.

Her friends last saw her in the hotel bar between 12:30 and 1 a.m. on New Year's Day, Brooks said.

At a news conference held this afternoon in Stateline, Brooks said after the festival ended, Alyssa Byrne had taken a shuttle bus by herself back to the hotel, while her friends went to a New Year's street celebration in the downtown area.

When the friends returned to the hotel, they saw her in the lobby, spoke with her briefly and headed to bed while she remained in the lobby, Brooks said.

The sheriff's office said the last activity on her cell phone was at 12:03 a.m. on New Year's Day before her phone went inactive.

Authorities are working to determine if she made a phone call or sent a text message, Brooks said.

A reward of up to $1,000 has been offered for information leading to her location, Brooks said.

Byrne is 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 125 pounds and has black hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, black snow boots and black yoga-type pants, Brooks said.

Kim Byrne said she is living "minute by minute."

"It takes your breath away. It doesn't feel real. She was good about staying in touch. I speak to her every day. This was her first big trip on her own. It's not like her at all," Byrne said.

South Lake Tahoe Police and the FBI are assisting with the search for Alyssa.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Douglas County Secret Witness phone line at (775) 782-7463, or the sheriff's office investigation division at (775) 782-9905.

-Bay City News

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