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Alyssa Byrne, missing near Lake Tahoe, found dead in snow

January 4, 2013 |  6:45 pm
Alyssa Byrne

After days of searching, the body of a teenager missing since New Year’s Eve was found in the snow near South Lake Tahoe.

Authorities said there was no evidence of foul play but stressed the investigation was continuing.

Alyssa Byrne, 19, went to the Snow Globe Music Festival in South Lake Tahoe on Monday night and hadn't been seen since.

"Our preliminary investigation with this morning's discovery, it would tend to point in the direction that Alyssa had elected to walk home from the event," Douglas County sheriff's official  Paul Howell told reporters at a news conference.

A utility worker found the body, later identified as Byrne's, about 10 feet from a road. The body was not visible from the road because of high piles of snow.

Byrne was fully clothed, with no visible trauma. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies will be investigating her death.

Officials say there was a long wait for shuttle buses from the community college where the concert was being held Monday night, prompting some concert-goers to walk back. Although officials are not commenting yet on a cause of death, it appears possible that Byrne may have fallen off the road while walking along it. The temperature overnight fell to between zero and 10 degrees.   

Byrne was staying at the Horizon Casino across the Nevada border.

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--A Times staff writer and Fox 40

Image: Alyssa Byrne went missing after attending a New Year’s Eve concert. Credit: Fox 40

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