Lezlie Sterling / lsterling@sacbee.com

A Placer County sheriff’s boat patrols Folsom Lake on Saturday in search of people reported missing after a boat capsized.

Dive teams have suspended search in Folsom Lake boat wreck

Published: Thursday, May. 15, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, May. 16, 2014 - 5:55 pm

The effort to find the bodies of four men presumed dead following a boat crash on Folsom Lake over the weekend continued Wednesday without success. Patrol boats will continue to troll the waters, but dive teams have suspended their search, said Folsom Lake superintendent Richard Preston.

Preston said authorities are uncertain of the exact location of the crash, complicating the recovery effort. The bodies of the men will surface at some point, he said, “but it’s hard to say when that might occur. It would be based upon the depth of where the bodies might be, and water temperature.”

Officials have identified the missing men as Toby Strauch, 54; his brother, James Strauch, 47; and friends Jake Jacobs, 53, and Jon Smith, 48. All were residents of the Sacramento area.

Based on witness accounts, authorities believe the men were jetting down the main body of Folsom Lake at speeds of more than 100 mph when their boat capsized Saturday. Wind gusts reached 25 to 30 mph the day of the wreck, making for choppy conditions on the lake. No life jackets have turned up on the water’s surface.

Call The Bee’s Cynthia Hubert, (916) 321-1082. Follow her on Twitter @Cynthia_Hubert.

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