Search reveals no body at Kings Beach
She never came up, or at least that’s what rescuers thought.
A woman in her 30s walked fully clothed Saturday night into the lake off Kings Beach State Beach, dove into the water and didn’t resurface.
Search and rescue teams from the area combed the lake for more than two hours with boats, helicopters and divers but found no one.
Two teen-age girls, who had been skateboarding nearby, witnessed the event around 9:30 p.m. They reportedly told Placer County deputies that the woman threw her wrist watch to them and said she was “going for a swim.”
“I think the two girls are very credible,” said Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Granum. “I think they really did watch her go in, but because it was nighttime they didn’t see her swim out.”
Saturday night a full moon lit up the sky, the temperature of the water in the area was 69 degrees and no one had been reported missing, according to Placer County Sheriff’s Department.
The search resumed Sunday morning but was quickly shut down.
Granum said if the woman had been in the lake they would have found her.
“That water is not very deep,” he said. “No one drowned, we’re quite sure of that. We can thank Lake Tahoe’s clarity for that.”
The woman suspected of drowning in the lake was reportedly wearing a white sweatshirt. A helicopter found a white dish towel, a cement block and some beer cans in the water, but nothing else, Granum said.
Going by the girls’ description of the woman’s mannerisms and activities, Granum said he suspects the woman in the lake was a transient that he frequently sees around town. He said the woman often makes phony calls to the sheriff’s department.
“We certainly spent an awful lot of money looking for her,” Granum said. “Easily a couple thousand dollars.”
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