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Police Recover Body of Missing Woman

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Authorities say they have recovered the body of 19-year old Alyssa Byrne. They were called to the scene Friday morning around 8:30am near Pioneer Trail and Black Bart Avenue, just south of the Stateline.

A utility worker discovered the remains just off Pioneer Trail about one mile west of the SnowGlobe music festival obstructed from view by a snow bank. "They were up pretty high, so they were able to look down over an embankment, and they spotted her body," says El Dorado County Lt. Pete Van Arnum.

Byrne was last was seen on New Year's Eve at a Lake Tahoe casino.

Family members say she was staying with friends at the Horizon Casino Resort in Stateline. Her friends lost track of her around midnight. "It's also possible that she could've hiked through the snow, from the SnowGlobe area, which then would take her out to Pioneer Trail. That's what the crime scene investigation is trying to determine, at this time. We're looking for footprints and other evidence in the scene."

Authorities say she may have become disoriented or lost while trying to walk back from the music festival to her hotel in sub-freezing weather. "When people get hypothermia or they get severely cold, they get to a certain point where they can't function and think logically. If that happened to her, she may have had difficulty getting up."

They say the cause of death hasn't been determined, but neither foul play nor suicide is suspected.

Byrne's body will be taken to Sacramento where an autopsy will be performed, possibly as early as Saturday. Police were able to identify her because of a tattoo.

Toxicology results won't be known for at least a month.

Byrne's father, Kevin, released this statement today:

As you're well aware our 19-year-old daughter, Alyssa Byrne, is gone. I was informed at around 9 a.m. when I was at the sheriff's office this morning that a body had been found in the snow along Pioneer Trail. About 45 minutes later they confirmed her identity.  

"Our entire family is devastated. We were still holding out hope that she would be found safe. We will miss Alyssa and she will be in our hearts forever."

"I want to thank all our family and friends who came to help search for her. To those who spent hours and hours handing out fliers and supporting our family in every way they could we owe you a debt of thanks."

"I also want to thank the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, the Search and Rescue crew and everyone else who spread the word and tried to bring Alyssa home safely."

Thank you,

Kevin Byrne

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SnowGlobe released this statement:

 

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alyssa Byrne. Our deepest sympathies go out to Alyssa's family and friends. We appreciate the quick response from South Lake Tahoe officials in responding to the investigation."
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