California teenager Trinity Backus was found dead near Nevada City

A day after 16-year-old Trinity Backus was reported missing in Northern California, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office reported that she was tragically found dead not far from where she was last found on Wednesday night.

In a Facebook post, the sheriff’s office said search and rescue teams found the missing teen’s body just after 2 p.m. Friday.

She was found about a half-mile north of her aunt’s home, which was in a “very heavily forested river basin,” the sheriff’s office said.

NCSO said there was “nothing suspicious” about her death at this time.

The cause of Backus’ death is unknown, but the coroner’s department will conduct an examination and an autopsy.

“We have communicated with the family and offer them our deepest condolences as they process this loss,” NCSO wrote on Facebook. “We ask that you respect their privacy.”

The sheriff’s office also expressed its “deep appreciation” for the hundreds of volunteers from agencies across Northern California who took part in the search.

The Nevada County Sheriff's Search & Rescue and related agencies are searching for Trinity Backus
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit found the body of Trinity Backus Friday afternoon.
Facebook/Nevada County Sheriff’s Office

Backus was reported missing Thursday after no one had heard from her since she left her aunt’s home around 10:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday. She was last seen in pajamas and a maroon robe and no shoes.

“We are lost, saddened, heartbroken … worried to death,” the teen’s aunt Ashley Bjorklund told Fox News Digital on Friday.

Backus was staying with a friend at Bjorklund’s home on Kentucky Ravine Road – a 12-acre property in Nevada City, California – when she disappeared.

It is unclear why she left the house. California teenager Trinity Backus was found dead near Nevada City


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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