TWO women have been found dead at a golf course just days after they were last seen at a wedding.
The bodies of Alyssa Ros, 23, and Xylona Gama, 22, were found inside a vehicle submerged in a river on the grounds of the Spring Creek Country Club in Ripon, California, on Tuesday.
Employees at the golf course alerted authorities after they spotted the vehicle in the Stanislaus River, near the southeastern part of the golf course.
Police said the vehicle matched the description of the one described in the missing persons investigation.
The longtime friends from Stockton were at the country club for a wedding on Sunday, Alyssa's father, Phalnithaba Ros, said.
Alyssa and Xylona had planned to drive back to Modesto, where Phalnithaba lives, after the wedding.
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Authorities are working to determine how the vehicle ended up in the river and said there is no evidence of criminal activity or foul play at the moment.
FATHER MOURNS DAUGHTER
Alyssa was a student at California State University in Los Angeles, studying business and communications.
Her heartbroken father described his daughter as an "outgoing and beautiful" person.
"She was outgoing, you know, beautiful, had a glowing white smile, and she was one of those fashionistas in the high school," he told ABC10.
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Phalnithaba, who also attended the wedding, said he had to cut his night short after getting a call that his other children wouldn't stop crying at home.
He rushed back home, forgetting to say goodbye to his daughter,
"I called her and she said 'It's OK, daddy. I'm fine. You know, just go take care of the boys. I'm around family. Nothing's gonna happen to me,'" he recalled.
About an hour later, he said Alyssa called him to let her know that she, her friend, and some other wedding guests were on their way to his house.
"Everyone shows up at my house, and my daughter doesn't show up with her friend. And I was wondering, 'What's going on?' I call her phone. It's dead," he told the outlet.
'I JUST BROKE DOWN'
Phalnithaba called her friends phone, but the call went straight to voicemail.
"I called every couple hours just to see if they had their phone on getting charged. No one picked up," he said.
On Tuesday, Phalnithaba got a screenshot text from a friend that showed a Ripon golf course employee saying that he found two missing girls dead in the Stanislaus River.
He rushed to the golf course and learned the deceased victims were his daughter and her friend.
"My heart fell just out of my chest, you know, and I just broke down. That was something that I just didn't want to hear. It's unreal," he said.
Alyssa's stepmother, Kimlyn Ros, has since set up a GoFundMe to help the family pay for the funeral expenses.
"We will forever Cherish the time and memories that we were able to spend with Alyssa as we watched her grow into a beautiful young woman," Kimlyn wrote.
"Alyssa was a person who saw the good in each and every one of us. Her energy radiated through all that was around her, and her heart was so genuine.
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"She wanted the very best for all the people she knew, and for all that was around her. She most definitely made that known through her charismatic personality.
"She was so Free-Spirited, Kind Hearted, Strong, and So Intelligent. She was so so so beautiful inside and out."
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