On Friday the police have released a video that shows a man they are calling a person of interest in the case of a murdered Red Bluff teen.
Marysa Nichols, 14, went missing on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Marysa's mother stated that Marysa told her she would not be home from school till 2:30 p.m. When her mother came home around 4 p.m. and her daughter was not home, she called the police.
The police searched a field where Marysa should have crossed when walking home from school and found Marysa's body near a creek in a field to the west of the high school at Baker Road and Walnut Street on Thursday morning.
"I don't want this to turn into a story where the victim was, but I want this to turn into a story about this man," said Red Bluff Police Chief Paul Nanfito.
A school surveillance camera captured the man walking eastbound on Douglass Street around 11 a.m. on Tuesday and then going into the schools parking lot. Moments later Marysa was at that same entrance, stated Nanfito during a press conference.
Nanfito thinks that Marysa was heading back home after she had finished her 10 a.m. class at the Education Outreach Academy. It was her usual schedule to go home after her class and then return for her band practice class at 1 p.m.
"Based upon the scene we have determined that this is a homicide investigation," said Nanfito, reports RTT news. "Our investigation is continuing and an autopsy is scheduled for Saturday."
Law enforcement needs the public's help in locating the man in the video, reports The Record Searchlight news. The tip line for information is 530-737-3160 or 530-737-3225.