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Hundreds Attend Marysa Nichols Vigil

By Mark MESTER
Published On: Mar 11 2013 11:00:27 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 01 2013 05:43:48 PM CST

The Red Bluff community gathered in front of the Tehama County Courthouse for a candlelight vigil following Red Bluff Police's announcement that the body found belonged to the 14-year-old Marysa Nichols.

RED BLUFF, Calif. -

Hundreds of mourners stood outside the Tehama County Courthouse Thursday night to pay their respects to 14-year-old Marysa Nichols.

Red Bluff Police Chief, Paul Nanfito held a press conference at the Red Bluff Police Department just before the vigil got underway. He told the media that Nichols' death is being investigated as a homicide.

Some in the crowd of more than 200 people screamed as the news was passed on to them.

A woman, who we were not able to identify, read the official press release. 

Teenagers and adults were brought to tears, and were seen hugging each other for support.

Marysa Nichols' body was found in a field Thursday morning, just behind the Red Bluff High School campus. 

The teen was last seen at school just before noon on Tuesday.

Nichols' mother reported her missing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

KRCR News Channel 7 first received a missing person's report early Wednesday afternoon.

Red Bluff Police Chief Paul Nanfito said Nichols' body was found in a field near the Red Bluff High School campus at 11:00 a.m. Thursday.

Family members were notified shortly after.

Media members learned of the news at 8:30 p.m.

Hundreds gathered in front of the Tehama County Courthouse at 9:00 p.m.

Nanfito said no suspects are being investigated at this point, but he's encouraging anyone with information to contact authorities.

Stay with us as we learn new details.