The Merced County Sheriff's Department is looking into a bizarre missing-person case after a car crashed into a canal in the Delhi area Thursday.
The missing woman has been identified as Robin Boyd, 39, of Turlock, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.
The search began when the California Highway Patrol responded about 5:30 p.m. after a report of a car in the canal near Highway 99 and Bradbury Road, according to officer Ed Macias, CHP spokesman.
The sheriff's dive team also responded at the request of the CHP. In the canal, a 2004 Volvo was discovered submerged with the windows down -- but no one inside the car. Deputies checked the car's registration and learned the car belonged to Boyd.
Deputies went to Boyd's home and found that she'd been driving the car earlier Thursday, with her two children as passengers, and had been involved in a minor crash. Boyd then drove away from the scene of the crash, and her children walked home, Macias said.
The children told their father that their mother had driven away. She may have been under the influence of alcohol, Macias said.
Sheriff's deputies and CHP officers searched the area of the canal Thursday, and deputies continued the search Friday. MacKenzie said the sheriff's helicopter spent Friday afternoon searching for Boyd in the area.
Sheriff's deputies are asking anyone with knowledge of Boyd's whereabouts to call (209) 385-7472. Tips are kept confidential, and you can remain anonymous.