The body of Alyssa Byrne, a 19-year-old missing Calif. woman, was found on Friday when a utility worker saw her body around 8:30 a.m. along Pioneer Trail. The woman last seen by friends at a bar was found just off a major roadway, behind a snow bank ABC News reported.
Foul play and suicide are not suspected according to Douglas County Undersheriff Paul Howell, but nothing has been ruled out until the autopsy can be completed and reports obtained.
Byrne was in town to attend the SnowGlobe Music Festival at Lake Tahoe Community College before she went missing. And speculation is that she may have chosen not to wait in the long lines for shuttle service after the festival, choosing to walk back to her hotel some three miles away instead, as others did.
When pressed for a possible cause of death, Howell agreed that extreme cold weather temperatures could have resulted in the missing girl becoming disoriented during the walk, but also stated the agency had to rule out any role drugs or alcohol could have played in her death as well.