RED BLUFF (CBS13) – Family and friends of a 14-year-old girl after her body was found in a field Thursday afternoon.

Marysa Nichols was discovered half a mile from her school, Red Bluff High School, in Tehema County. Nichols told her mom she’d be home from school Tuesday around 2:30 p.m., but never showed up.

More than 100 family members and friends leaned on each other for support at a tearful vigil.

“Marysa, she is bubbly, sweet, gentle, kind-hearted, loving, just an amazing kid,” said family friend Sally Howarth.

A family friend says Nichols was last seen at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at her school’s tennis courts, but didn’t come inside for lunch at noon.

“Sounds like foul play to me,” said Howarth.

Police remain tight-lipped about the details, but said during a news conference that Nichols’ death is being investigated as a homicide.

“Everybody today has done nothing but express their remorse and just their condolences,” said Betty, a Red Bluff resident.

“It was crazy, I just didn’t know what to do,” Marysa’s friend Baylee Smith said.

Smith prays the suspect is brought to justice.

“There’s a guy going around and taking innocent girls and he’s killing them and it’s not OK,” said Smith.

Red Bluff police haven’t identified a suspect nor have they released a description of the killer, but say they are following up on multiple leads.


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