Body found in American River below Foresthill Bridge near Auburn still not ID’d

By: Journal Staff Report
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AUBURN CA - A man whose body was found in the American River below Foresthill Bridge near Auburn remained unidentified Thursday. The Placer County coroner said the man’s body was spotted by a hiker late Tuesday morning floating in the North Fork of the American River. The location was just below the 730-foot-high bridge. Lt. Mark Reed said Thursday that despite a call out to the public for help in identifying the body, no information had been received to match a name to the corpse. An autopsy was being performed to determine the cause of death, Reed added. The man is described as a white male, in his late 20s to early 40s. He is 5-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs 169 pounds. He has brown hair with a receding hairline, hazel eyes and a full beard. The man was wearing blue pants and a dark-colored T-shirt with a circular design and “Grateful Dead” written in red and green letters. The bridge – the fourth highest in the United States and highest in California – has been connected to 62 deaths over its 39-year lifespan. Four people plunged from the bridge last year, most recently on Oct. 7, when a 51-year-old Rocklin man died after jumping from the deck above the river. The Placer County-owned bridge is currently undergoing a $76 million seismic retrofit and repainting project, including installation of new railings that will raise their height from 4 feet to 6½ feet. Anyone who may know the identity of the man is being asked to call the Placer County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office at (530) 889-7879. – Gus Thomson