A body believed to be missing teen Charlotte Molinari was found hanging in a California park yesterday, according to police. The 15-year-old left her home in Santa Rosa last Saturday after telling her father she was going for a ride but never returned. Charlotte appeared to have committed suicide by hanging in Annadel State Park in Sonoma County, Santa Rosa Police Lt. Steve Bair said.
Foul play is not suspected but the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office will do a further investigation into the exact cause of death, according to ABC.
During the two-day search, police uncovered evidence which led them to believe the Sonoma Academy student was planning to take her own life.
Her father John Molinari reported finding her journal where she detailed being heartbroken over being rejected by a boy and her suicidal thoughts.
But police said yesterday’s discovery was not unexpected. ‘You always hope for the best, but this is always in the back of your mind,’ Bair said.
‘With the information we had, we knew this was a definite possibility.’
According to the Press Democrat, the girl had not been feeling well for some weeks when she had argued with her father on Saturday. She had then slipped out of the house when Mr Molinari was upstairs getting dressed.
After discovering Charlotte’s journal, police obtained court records to search her cellphone, email and Internet records and found that she had conducted a Google search for the route to Annadel last Saturday.
Charlotte’s father last night took to the Facebook page he had created to help find her to deliver the tragic news.
‘I am deeply saddened to report that Charlotte has been found deceased,’ Mr Molinari wrote.
‘The family thanks you for your efforts and support during this very tragic event.’
The page has since been flooded with tributes to the troubled teen. Debbie Eakins posted: ‘We are just overwhelmed with sadness. We send all our love to Colleen and John. Your daughter was such a beautiful gift to all of us.’
Gina Turturici-Nollette added: ‘Very sorry to hear of your loss John. We have a candle lit for Charlotte tonight and she will be in our prayers along with your whole family. Be strong friend, you have a lot of people lifting you up in prayer tonight.’