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Lezlie Sterling / Sacramento Bee

Emergency personnel use a Placer County sheriff’s boat to search for victims of a boat crash on Saturday, shortly after the wreck that later was found to have killed four men. A body found Friday is believed to be one of those men.

Body found in Folsom Lake nearly a week after fatal boat crash

Published: Friday, May. 16, 2014 - 11:53 am
Last Modified: Friday, May. 16, 2014 - 5:55 pm

A body was recovered from Folsom Lake on Friday morning, possibly one of the four boaters killed on May 10 when a speedboat crashed.

The man’s body was spotted by a citizen who informed authorities about 9:50 a.m. The body, which has not been identified, was recovered by state park rangers and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department coroner.

The body was found near the mouth of the north fork American River.

After the discovery, a helicopter crew searched in the same area for the bodies of three other men who are presumed dead from the crash of the 32-foot Skater powerboat. The missing men are identified as Toby Strauch, 54, James Strauch, 47, Jake Jacobs, 53, and Jon Smith, 48, all of the Sacramento area.

Based on witness accounts, authorities say they believe the men were speeding on the main body of Folsom Lake at 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.

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

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