Sacto 9-1-1
August 26, 2011
Authorities locate body in American River that likely is missing fisherman

Authorities have located a body in the American River that they believe is that of the 54-year-old missing fisherman they have been searching for since Thursday night, officials said.

The body was spotted in the American River near the Harrington Way river access. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District officials are working on bringing the body to shore.

The search for the missing fisherman began at the river after park rangers closing up Riverbend Park on Thursday night noticed a truck parked there. They soon learned the truck was registered to a man who had been reported missing that day, said Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

The man left his Sacramento-area home Wednesday but never returned, Ramos said. The man's wife reported him missing Thursday.

Ramos said the man was not believed to be suicidal, and was known to frequent the Riverbend area for fishing. Fishing equipment was found in the truck; however, authorities have not been able to find the man despite search efforts from the ground, the water and the air Thursday night and this morning.

The man's name has not been released.

Authorities found another body in the American River earlier this afternoon; that person has not been identified.

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