In Northern California, a 16-year-old girl who had not been seen since Wednesday was found dead half a mile from her aunt’s house. A social media post said that the mother of a child who was reported missing in northern California and later discovered dead needed “time and space to mourn.” Andrea Stanio, the mother of 16-year-old Trinity Backus, asked people to give her distraught mother space after learning of her daughter’s death in a text-only letter uploaded Saturday on Instagram Stories.
“This is Amanda, Andrea’s buddy,” says the message. “At this moment, Andrea needs time and space to mourn.” Please do not show up at her house at random.” Backus went missing on Thursday after leaving her aunt’s residence on Kentucky Ravine Road in Nevada City late Wednesday night.
Backus’ corpse was discovered half a mile north of where she was last seen, “in a very densely forested river drainage region,” the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office stated in a Facebook post-Friday. According to the sheriff’s office, there is “nothing odd” about her death thus far, and the cause of death is still unclear. The coroner’s office will undertake an extensive investigation, including an autopsy.
“We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the hundreds of volunteers from agencies around Northern California who have aided in this search,” the sheriff’s office noted. Ashley Bjorklund, Backus’ aunt, said in a series of Facebook postings this week that her niece left her house at 10:30 p.m. local time Wednesday, wearing just pajamas and no shoes. Backus was staying with a friend when she went missing.
Trinity Backus was 16 years old at the time of her death. She holds an American nationality and she belongs to the white ethnicity.