Vigil held for missing musician found in river

SACRAMENTO - More than 100 people turned out Tuesday night to pay their respects to a local musician whose body was found in the Sacramento River earlier that day.

Broughty Cole was missing for more than a week when his body was pulled from the Sacramento River Tuesday morning.

Friends and family members came together at Miller Park to hold a candlelight vigil.

Those who knew the 28-year-old drummer gathered where the search came to an end, just as the sun set over the river.

"This is a gathering of love and we know that Cole was completely loved and adored by so many people," said Christine Cole, Broughty's mother.

Those present remembered Cole as a talented musician with a lively personality. "He's the kind of person that will really dive into things that he cares about and he'll put in hard work," Sky Cole, Broughty's older brother, said.

Rescue crews found Broughty Cole's lifeless body in the river, not far from where his car was found abandoned over the weekend.

Family and dozens of volunteers spent countless hours trying to track him down, using what little resources were available.

They also made a big push on social media.

"At least this way, we just know we don't have to search anymore because we've been searching, searching, searching," Cole's mother said.

With the search now over, there are many questions about how Cole's body ended up in the water.

Police say it is still early in the investigation, but say there is nothing suspicious that indicates a crime was committed.

His family does not want to speculate about what could have happened, but they feel certain he wouldn't have taken his own life.

"If there's one thing I can say, there's no doubt in my mind that it was not intentional," Sky Cole said.

The family says they are taking things day by day, but they hope to eventually find out what happened to Broughty.


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