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Where is Alyssa?

STATELINE, Nev. — Law enforcement officials in Nevada and South Lake Tahoe expanded their search Thursday for a missing Petaluma woman, combing the snowy region by air and land, conducting a room-to-room sweep of her hotel and poring over her cellphone activity.

But so far, there has been no sign of Alyssa Byrne, 19, who vanished New Year's Eve while attending a three-day music festival at Lake Tahoe Community College.

The aerial search will resume this morning with help from an additional helicopter from Reno, Douglas County Undersheriff Paul Howell said in a news conference.

He stressed the importance of finding Byrne soon because of the below-freezing overnight temperatures in the ski resort area.

"We're concerned," he said. "And we're putting every resource we have into it."


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