A body was found inside a sedan pulled from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta near Stockton on Wednesday afternoon during an operation to recover submerged vehicles.
Throughout the day, sheriff’s deputies from San Joaquin and Sacramento counties, along with a dive team, worked to recover cars that had ended up in the delta.
Around 3 or 4 p.m. a Dodge Stratus sedan that was registered to a missing person was located in Little Potato Slough, near Eight Mile Road Ferry. At 6:17 p.m. the county medical examiner arrived at the scene to investigate the remains.
The name of the missing person associated with the car was not released.
A spokesperson for the San Joaquin sheriff’s office said the multi-agency operation was prompted by reports of vehicles in the water.
Cameras were deployed to reach the vehicles in order for authorities to look at the licenses plates.
Three vehicles were pulled from the water in the same area. The other two were a red Chevrolet Suburban that was stolen from Stockton, and a car reportedly involved in a crash where the person was able to get out of the car, according to the sheriff’s office.
It had taken over two hours to remove the Suburban, the vehicle that was located closest to the bank.
Yellow caution tape remained at the scene while the investigation continued on Wednesday evening.