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Body found in Delta where couple disappeared

Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 - 1:39 pm

A body was recovered last Friday near where a couple was reported missing Thanksgiving Day from their boat in the Delta.

The body was found Friday using sophisticated sonar equipment 40 feet below the surface. The name of the drowning victim was not released Thursday by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office pending positive identification.

Van Chanpenxi, 64, and Chantra Chanpenxi, 51, left to go fishing on the Delta on Thanksgiving. They have not been seen and have not contacted family since then.

The U.S. Coast Guard found their unoccupied fishing boat in the water, north of the Rio Vista Bridge.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department officials were prevented from confirming the body was that of Chantra Chanpenxi due to the condition of the recovered body.


Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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