Search teams find body of Folsom man in American River

SACRAMENTO - Search and rescue teams have recovered the body of a Folsom man who disappeared after his inflatable raft sank while floating Saturday.

Thirty-two-year-old Raymond Nocon was pulled from the South Fork of the American River Monday afternoon, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. The county coroner will autopsy the body to determine the cause of death.

Nocon was floating with a friend on the river around 9 p.m. when their raft sank, according to the friend.

The friend, who was walking alongside the river the following morning, told a camper what had happened. The camper notified a neighbor and the neighbor contacted the sheriff's office around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Deputies responded and after speaking with all involved parties, learned Nocon had disappeared near an area of the river known as Gorilla Rock.

Personnel from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, El Dorado County Search and Rescue, El Dorado County Parks, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, California State Parks and the California Highway Patrol began searching for Nocon.

Gorilla Rock is approximately 13.9 miles down stream from Chili Bar, and approximately 7.6 miles up stream from Salmon Falls Bridge. It is just upstream from the river area that is commonly referred to as the South Fork American River Gorge.


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