CRESSEY, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Search and rescue teams that were looking for a man who went missing in the Merced River on Sunday recovered a body Monday, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said.
Around 8:45 am, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office Water Rescue and Recovery Team located a deceased male in the Merced River.
The person was located about 40 yards from the area where a man disappeared into the river Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The original report came in saying a man was riding a horse near the river and attempted to cross the river.
During that time, it was believed that the horse lost its footing and stepped off into a deep area of the river causing the horse to start swimming, the Sheriff’s Office said.
It is unknown if the person was thrown or dismounted from the horse, but the horse swam back to shore without his rider and was unharmed.
There does not appear to be any signs of foul play, however, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau and Coroner Bureau are investigating the incident.