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Missing Student’s Phone Found At LAX After Final Call From Stranger’s Phone
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Missing Student’s Phone Found At LAX After Final Call From Stranger’s Phone

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Noelle M. Lynch, a 23-year-old Sacramento State University student, has been reported missing after being seen for the last time on April 3, 2024, around 5 p.m.

According to a press release by the Los Angeles Police Department, the young woman was last seen leaving an apartment building on foot in the 900 block of East Redondo Boulevard in the City of Inglewood, California.

Highlights
  • Noelle M. Lynch, a 23-year-old student, went missing after last being seen on April 3, 2024, in Inglewood, CA.
  • Her phone was later discovered at an LAX airport ticket counter.
  • Lynch's father said she left her home "in a difficult state of mind."

Lynch left without any of her belongings and “may not be able to identify herself.”

The university student lives with her parents in Sacramento, California. Her parents last saw her after she drove away to Southern California on April 1.

Image credits: Noelle Lynch

Her father, Mark, told SFGATE that Noelle is vulnerable and left home in a “difficult state of mind.”

“All that matters is trying to get her back,” the desperate father expressed. “The more people that can open their eyes, the better.”

“We didn’t know where she was going,” Mark added. “And the next thing we knew, she was in an accident in Los Angeles at 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2.”

The accident occurred at an intersection and involved two vehicles, though no injuries were reported. As Lynch’s vehicle was totaled as a result of the crash, her mother booked a hotel room for her near LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and then drove down to Los Angeles to find her.

She was last seen on surveillance video walking from an Inglewood apartment, about six miles from LAX, on April 3

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Image credits: www.lapdonline.org

The family then learned that Lynch didn’t stay at the hotel. The following day, on April 3, her mother got a call from a “strange person’s phone” at noon. As Mark explained, the conversation was brief, and her daughter “was “mostly not making sense.” That’s the last time they spoke with her.

At about 5 p.m. of that same day, the junior college student was seen on surveillance video walking from an Inglewood apartment, about six miles from LAX, without carrying her belongings.

It’s unclear why the 23-year-old went to the building. As her father explained, she wasn’t visiting a friend. 

“She always calls. This is very out of character. She has had a tough time, but she has always called,” her father explained

Image credits: Noelle Lynch

When she went to the building, Lynch’s mother found her daughter’s things, including a backpack. 

It isn’t common behavior for the missing woman to go days without speaking to her parents, her family said. 

“She always calls,” Mark explained. “This is very out of character. She has had a tough time, but she has always called.”

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The young woman’s phone was later found at the Southwest ticket counter at LAX airport. Her father believes there’s no convincing evidence that she boarded a plane.

The student left her home in a “difficult state of mind”

Image credits: Noelle Lynch

When she went to the Inglewood building, Lynch’s mother found her daughter’s belongings, including a backpack

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Mark suspects foul play may have led to her disappearance and said he can’t imagine she’s “sitting in a coffee shop in Marina del Rey,” as per SFG.

Lynch is described as a 23-year-old female, White, with brown hair and blue eyes. She stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing a dark t-shirt, green sweatpants with a military logo, and white sneakers, the LAPD shared.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts should contact LAPD’s Department Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800. 

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Bored Panda has contacted the LAPD for comment.

“I hope she gets back safely,” a social media user expressed

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M O'Connell
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It sounds like the car accident could have caused a concussion or some other brain injury that wasn't immediately apparent at the scene of the accident. That would be consistent with the incoherent phone call and abandoning her belongings.

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WonderWoman
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I sincerely hope she is found to be safe and all the attention this case is receiving will surely assist in that. HOWEVER, if the missing girl was not white, pretty and from an affluent home, would we even be hearing about it? No, we would not. The media picks the pretty ones to blast. Everyday, sadly, people go missing and we are never informed about it.

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dayngerkat
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't understand. The mom went to the "building", and the bag was just in front on the ground or something? If her phone was at LAX, there should be tons of video

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Ken Beattie
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tons of video could be the problem. When was the phone left, was it left at a public area where 10,000 people walk past every day? Unless there is video that literally shows the phone being placed by a specific person how do you even start putting together a list of people to interview? And even if there IS vision of a specific person, unless they can be identified by facial recognition good luck finding them too.

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moconnell avatar
M O'Connell
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It sounds like the car accident could have caused a concussion or some other brain injury that wasn't immediately apparent at the scene of the accident. That would be consistent with the incoherent phone call and abandoning her belongings.

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WonderWoman
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I sincerely hope she is found to be safe and all the attention this case is receiving will surely assist in that. HOWEVER, if the missing girl was not white, pretty and from an affluent home, would we even be hearing about it? No, we would not. The media picks the pretty ones to blast. Everyday, sadly, people go missing and we are never informed about it.

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dayngerkat
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't understand. The mom went to the "building", and the bag was just in front on the ground or something? If her phone was at LAX, there should be tons of video

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Ken Beattie
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tons of video could be the problem. When was the phone left, was it left at a public area where 10,000 people walk past every day? Unless there is video that literally shows the phone being placed by a specific person how do you even start putting together a list of people to interview? And even if there IS vision of a specific person, unless they can be identified by facial recognition good luck finding them too.

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