Body found in American River

By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
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Sheriff’s officials are attempting to identify a man whose body was found in the American River this weekend. Saturday afternoon, a Placer County Sheriff’s helicopter crew spotted what they thought looked like a body floating in the river near China Bar in Auburn, according to Dena Erwin, Sheriff’s spokeswoman. The crew had to halt its search Saturday as nighttime approached, Lt. Jeff Ausnow said Saturday. On Sunday, Sheriff’s dive team members found a man’s body in the river, Erwin said. The unidentified male was taken to the county morgue where the coroner will perform an autopsy and check dental records. Erwin said the man’s identity should be released by Tuesday, pending notification of next of kin. Scott Liske, California state parks ranger, said as of Monday that state parks had not received any reports of a missing person. Karen Clay said she and her husband heard the helicopters in the air Saturday and Sunday and assumed it was a body search. “Two helicopters were going back and forth in the canyon and they were low,” Clay said. “They hovered and landed right below our property.” On Jan. 25, the Sheriff’s Office released that an 18-year-old Auburn man was presumed dead after he jumped from the Foresthill Bridge Jan. 21. The body of Forest B. Wax had not been reccovered at the time. “We consider him a missing person,” Erwin said in January. Jenifer Gee can be reached at