TRANSCRIPT: Police statement about the disappearance and murder of Marysa Nichols
On Thursday, February 28,Red Bluff (California) Police Chief Paul Nanfito provided this timeline on the search for Marysa Nichols.
Thank you for your patience as we worked our investigation today. We are going to provide you with as much information as we can without compromising the investigation.
On Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at around 5:30 p.m. the Red Bluff Police Department received a report of a missing juvenile identified as Marysa Nichols. It was reported that her mother had dropped her off at Red Bluff High School's Education Outreach Academy (EOA) at approximately 9:50 a.m. on February 26. Marysa told her mother that she would be home at around 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon.
When her mother returned home at around 4 p.m. her daughter was not at home.
At around 5:30 p.m. she reported her daughter missing to the police department. At around 1 a.m. officers and detectives searched the creek area for the missing juvenile as this is an area that she would have crossed when walking home from school. Officers and detectives worked on this investigation until approximately 3 a.m. on the morning of February 27, 2013.
The creek area was searched again on the 27th at around 8 a.m. Neither of these searches produced any leads or information regarding the disappearance of Marysa Nichols.
Information about the missing juvenile was released through the Critical Reach System, her photograph was released to local media. Throughout the day on Wednesday, investigators and officers continued their investigation which included efforts to obtain video surveillance footage as well as information from other electronic devices.
Patrol officers again searched the creek area for the missing juvenile late in the night on Wednesday.
On Thursday, February 28, 2013 our investigators went up with CHP Air Ops to continue the search. This day was also a regularly scheduled training day for the Tehama Inter-Agency SWAT team. Prior to the start of their training they were utilized to once again search the creek area for Marysa.
At approximately 11:03 a.m. two members of the SWAT team located a deceased female in the creek area west of Red Bluff High School and east of Baker Road.
At this time the Red Bluff Police Department requested an activation of the Child Abduction Response team (CART). Approximately (20) additional personnel responded to assist with the investigation.
RBPD was assisted by personnel from Tehama County's Sheriff's Department, Tehama County District Attorney's Office, TIDE Task Force, Tehama County Probation Department, California Highway Patrol, State Parole and Corning Police Department as well as investigators from the Tehama County District Attorney's Office.
The California Department of Justice, forensic crime scene investigators responded to assist in processing the crime scene.
Based upon the scene we have determined that this is a homicide investigation. Our investigation is continuing and an autopsy is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2013.
Utilizing photographs as well as specific items at the crime scene we have identified the victim as Marysa Nichols.
RBPD Staff with the assistance of a local pastor notified the mother and step-father.
CHP assisted in providing a notification to the biological father who is located in the Fresno area.
Our tip line numbers are 530-737-3160 and 530-737-3225.