Missing woman pulled from river, family suspects foul play

SACRAMENTO – Loved ones said the body pulled from the river at Discovery Park Friday afternoon is that of missing woman Mary Norman.

According to family, authorities identified her through her tattoos. The Sacramento County Coroner's Office officially identified the body as Norman on Saturday.

Although Norman's body has been recovered, her death is a mystery.

"We want to know what happened. We want to know. We want that comfort for us," friend Michelle Smith said. "We have to explain to her children why mommy's not there, why mommy's not coming home no more."

The 27-year-old mother of two disappeared Tuesday night. She was on a boat near Sand Cove Beach with a group of people, including her boyfriend, when she somehow ended up in the water.

"At the time, detectives called into interview everyone who was with her when she was last seen," Sacramento Police Officer Doug Morse said.

Morse said there doesn't appear to be foul play. He said alcohol was involved and it appears she went in on her own.

But loved ones don't buy that. What's suspicious to them -- her friends left the area, docked at Miller's Park and then called for help.

"Too many stories, too many different stories," Smith said. "Too many people say they were on the boat, then they're not. What is the truth?"

Authorities searched the water for the last couple of days, but nothing turned up.

Then on Friday afternoon, someone who happened to be in the area spotted a body floating in the water north of I Street.

Police recovered the body at Discovery Park.

"I'm angry, I'm hurt. I want to know what happened to my friend," Elena Ortiz said. "But at least she's home. Now, we're going to go from here to the next step."


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