Trinity Backus, 16, was reported missing from northern California the day before, and she was tragically found dead not far from where she was last seen Wednesday night, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that the body of the missing teen was discovered shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday.
She was discovered about a half mile north of her aunt’s house, which was in a “very heavily wooded river drainage area,” according to the sheriff’s office.
The NCSO stated that her death is “not suspicious” at this time.
Backus’ cause of death is unknown, but the coroner’s division will be conducting an investigation and an autopsy.
“We have been in communication with the family and extend our deepest condolences to them as they work through this loss,” NCSO wrote on Facebook. “We ask that you please respect their privacy.”
The sheriff’s office also expressed a “deep appreciation” for the hundreds of volunteers from agencies throughout northern California that participated in the search.
Backus went missing on Thursday after no one heard from her since she left her aunt’s house around 10:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday. She was last seen in her pajamas and a maroon robe, and she was not wearing shoes.
“We’re lost, sad, heartbroken … worried out of our minds,” the teen’s aunt, Ashley Bjorklund, told Fox News Digital earlier on Friday.
Backus was having a sleepover with a friend at Bjorklund’s home on Kentucky Ravine Road — a 12-acre property in Nevada City, California — when she disappeared.
It’s not clear why she left the home.