Mariposa & Yosemite

Mariposa woman's body found in Merced River

The body of a Mariposa woman was recovered Saturday afternoon from the Merced River west of El Portal, the Mariposa County Sheriff's Department said.

Search and rescue team members recovered Delia D. Gomes De Garcia, 50, about a mile downriver from where they found her crashed vehicle about 3:30 p.m., sheriff's officials said. Her son reported her missing about 8 p.m. Friday after she did not return home.

She apparently left for work at the Cedar Lodge about 7 a.m. Friday but never arrived, sheriff's officials said. While investigating the missing person report on her, officers found evidence of a car accident on Highway 140 in the Merced River Canyon area.

The investigation resulted in the recovery of her body.

The Sheriff's Department is investigating her death and the California Highway Patrol is investigating the vehicle accident.

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