California Highway Patrol investigators have yet to release the name of a subject found dead inside a vehicle submerged in the Trinity River Sunday morning. According to CHP reports, a passing motorist flagged down a sheriff’s deputy after seeing fresh tire marks leading off Highway 299 near mile marker 13, east of Burnt Ranch. The deputy was able to locate a vehicle, identified only as a 2007 Mazda, in the river, located several hundred feet down the embankment. Hawkins Bar Fire Department personnel were able to rappel down to the vehicle. A diver was able to confirm that a person was inside the car but could not make access.
CHP Officer Marco Martin said Monday that the vehicle had been lifted from the river and the body recovered from inside. Release of the occupant’s name has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.