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January 3, 2012
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Rescue crews suspend search for body of 24-year-old Truckee man in Donner Lake

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Emergency crews have suspended the search for the body of a 24-year-old Truckee man who went missing early Monday evening after his canoe capsized in Donner Lake, an official has confirmed.

The name of the man is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification. Truckee Police Department Capt. Randy Fenn said the search will resume early Wednesday.

Fenn said the department received a 911 call at 6:26 p.m. Monday from a 19-year-old Truckee female, who said the canoe she and the man were in had capsized. The woman, who was not injured, reportedly was able to swim to Donner Lake’s shore, but had lost sight of the 24-year-old man.

By 7:30 p.m. a Truckee Police Department rescue boat was in the water, Fenn said from the scene Tuesday morning, and a California Highway Patrol helicopter aided in the night search with a forward looking infrared device.

Agencies called off the search at 9:30 p.m., with surface temperatures at Donner Lake at 39 degrees, Fenn said. The canoe and several items of clothing believed to be those of the woman drifted to shore near the Donner Lake Marina.

Truckee Police and the Truckee Fire Protection District picked up the search at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Fenn said, with assistance from the Nevada and Placer County Sheriff’s offices, Nevada County Search and Rescue, CHP and State Parks.

— Kevin MacMillan contributed to this report.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 3, 2012 07:38PM Published Jan 3, 2012 01:46PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.