Search resumes for woman missing in Sacramento River

Searchers, including a dive team, were back in the water Friday, looking for a woman who is disappeared after going into the Sacramento River Tuesday night.

Officer Doug Morse with the Sacramento Police Department said the missing woman is Mary Norman. She is 27.

The report of the incident came in around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. The boat Norman was on was near Sand Cove Beach. Morse said detectives have talked to those with Norman at the time she disappeared. She was on a boat with five others, who waited until they docked the boat to call for help.

Searchers had not found Norman as of late Wednesday afternoon.

"I don't want to think the worst," Tommy Pennington, Norman's cousin, said.

Pennington and other family members were skeptical about what happened. All they know is Norman was on a boat with friends, one of them her boyfriend.

"He came to the house and asked us if Mary was there, and we were like, 'Why are you asking us, she left with you,'" Pennington said.

Because the missing woman's friends left the area before she allegedly went swimming, search crews don't know exactly where to look.

Sand Cove Beach is one of the more dangerous spots to swim along the river because there is a 55-feet deep hole right in the middle. Sgt. Kurt Zeiler with the Yolo County Sheriff's Department said you can get sucked down very easily.

"It will suck you down in, and if you don't have a life vest on, you'll be fighting for your life because it's really hard to stay afloat," Zeiler said.

Sacramento detectives are involved but were not convinced foul play was involved.

"What we know is there was alcohol involved. We believe the missing person entered the water on her own," Morse said. "Now we're looking for any clue of where she might be."


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