Human remains belong to missing Saratoga teen, mom says

The body of a missing Saratoga teen was found near her recently discovered car, about a month after her disappearance, according to social media posts by her family.

Katherine "Katie" Schneider's body was discovered in a ravine and she probably died after a car crash, according to her mom's messages that she said were based on discussions with authorities. 

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office announced the finding of human remains Sunday near Castle Rock State Park, but they have not confirmed if the victim was the 17-year-old who was last seen leaving home on July 5. Katherine's car was found on Skyline Boulevard in the same general area. 

"It is hard to put into words how much Katie will be missed. Katie was a bright light that brought emotional vibrancy to our everyday lives. She radiated authenticity, thoughtfulness, a great sense of humor, and an unyielding determination. She taught us all how to live our biggest life without reservation," a statement from Schneider's mom read. "Please join us in focusing on the love and joy Katie brought to us and others."

Her mother reports the exact circumstances of her daughter's death are under investigation.

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Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office at (408) 808-4500. Anonymous reporting is available via the Sheriff's Office Investigative Services tip line at (408) 808-4431 or