Missing 14-year-old Northern California teen found dead in field

RED BLUFF — Police are investigating the death of a missing 14-year-old Northern California girl as a homicide after her body was found in a field near a local high school.

Red Bluff Police Chief Paul Nanfito said members of the Tehama Inter-Agency SWAT team found the body of Marysa Nichols on Thursday morning near Red Bluff High School.

No suspects have been identified, and Nanfito declined to say how investigators think she was killed or whether there was any evidence of sexual assault.

According to Nanfito, the teen's stepfather said Marysa was supposed to meet her friends for lunch at 11 a.m. Tuesday but never arrived.

Marysa was reported missing Tuesday after she didn't return home from her independent study program at a charter school on the high school campus, the Record Searchlight of Redding reported (http://bit.ly/Vix9qk ).

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