Thursday, May 26, 2011

Updated: Authorities Now Trying to Recover Body of Allison Bayliss

By Rachel Swan
Thu, May 26, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Three days have passed since 15 year-old Allison Bayliss disappeared while riding her bike to San Ramon Valley High School. And now authorities have shifted their efforts from trying to find a missing person, to combing for a body, The San Jose Mercury News reports. Police now believe that Bayliss killed herself. San Francisco police Captain Lisa Locati told the Chronicle they believe Bayliss boarded a BART train at Dublin station, got off at Embarcadero, and rode her bike over to the Golden Gate Bridge. It was found there early Tuesday, after family members perused Bayliss' computer and found the same route traced on Google Maps. Locati said the police have evidence that Bayliss walked onto the bridge, but never walked off.

Last night more than 1,000 people attended a candlelight vigil at Danville Congregational Church. The Bayliss family was not present.

Update: Friday, 10:55 a.m. This morning the San Francisco Business Times reported that Bayliss did, indeed, leave a suicide note on her computer for friends and family to find, that a security camera filmed her leaving Embarcadero BART station with her bike, and that she was spotted on the Golden Gate Bridge around 10 a.m. Monday morning, though no one ever saw her leave. Friends and family are in shock, as Bayliss was a high-achieving student and successful athlete with a seemingly happy life. Bayliss' parents characterized her as "at-risk" when they filed the missing person's report on Monday, though the reasons remain unclear.

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