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Missing Santa Rosa teen's body found in Annadel

Searchers found the body of missing Santa Rosa teen Charlotte Ann Molinari in Annadel State Park on Friday, ending a two-day search for the Sonoma Academy sophomore who was last seen a week ago.

She appears to have committed suicide by hanging, Santa Rosa Police Lt. Steve Bair said. Her body was discovered about 5:30 p.m. between Canyon Trail and Skycrest Way, a street just outside the park, he said.

The Sonoma County Coroner's Office will conduct an autopsy Monday, Bair said.

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It was a tragic discovery but not unexpected, he said. "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."

The location was in a steep wooded area about 75 yards from a park trail, not far from Skycrest Way, he said.

Her family was notified before police released the information that her body had been found, Bair said.

Police said Thursday there were indications the 15-year-old Santa Rosa girl had been contemplating suicide when she did a Google search for the route to Annadel last Saturday, about an hour before she left the west Santa Rosa apartment she shared with her father.

Molinari's father found her journal Wednesday night and an entry several weeks old in which she detailed her sorrow over a romantic rejection and discussed taking her own life.

Police and the girl's parents, John Molinari and his former wife, Sebastopol resident Colleen Fernald, said they hoped she would be found unharmed, though Fernald said it was hard not to "fear the worst."


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