Placer County Sheriff's coroner identifies body found in canyon as Yin Wong

The Placer County Sheriff's Office confirmed the identity of the woman found in the American River Canyon Wednesday is Yin Wong, 33, of Sacramento.

A search for Wong was prompted after her car was found abandoned Sunday morning near Auburn. An autopsy was performed Friday morning but the cause of Wong's death is still being investigated, according to the coroner.

There was evidence of damage done to her body by a mountain lion but nothing was found to support that a mountain lion killed Wong, the coroner said.

It's believed the mountain lion found Wong after she died. 

Placer County Sheriff’s officials are in contact with both California State Parks and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and say, this is not abnormal behavior for a mountain lion. There is no reason to believe that there is any danger to the public but officials advise anyone who engages in activity in the canyon to be aware of wild animals.

Fish and Wildlife officials suggest the following: Do not bike, hike, or jog alone, avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active-- which is at dawn, dusk, and at night. Officials also advise against approaching a mountain lion.

If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run. Instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms. You can also throw rocks or other objects. Make sure to pick up small children and if attacked, fight back.

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