Wednesday Feb 01 2012
ID sought on body of man found in American River near Auburn
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Corpse wearing Grateful Dead shirt was spotted Tuesday under Foresthill Bridge
AUBURN CA - The Placer County Sheriff's Coroner's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a man whose body was found in the American River Tuesday morning, directly underneath the Foresthill Bridge near Auburn. A hiker called the Sheriff's Office Tuesday at around 11 a.m. to report that she saw a body floating in the water. A man's body was recovered with the assistance of the sheriff's dive team and helicopter. The man is described as a white male, in his late 20's to early 40's. He is 5-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs 169 pounds. He has brown hair with a receding hairline, hazel eyes and a full beard. He was wearing blue pants and a dark-colored T-shirt with a circular design and "Grateful Dead" written in red and green letters. If the man came from the bridge - 730 feet above - he would be the first possible suicide victim to plummet from the span this year. According to an unofficial count culled from Journal and sheriff's records, he would be the 63rd victim in 39 years. However, no official cause of death had been released by the coroner by late Wednesday. Four people lost their lives after falls from the bridge last year. All were categorized as suicides. Anyone who may know the identity of the man can contact the Placer County Sheriff's Coroner's Office at (530) 889-7879. This report will be updated as more information becomes available.