Eric Garcia, the 39-year-old Colfax man who has been missing since Dec 8, was found dead in his overturned vehicle early Sunday evening, the Placer County Sheriff’s office said.
Garcia was the subject of an intensive search and rescue effort last week involving 4x4 teams, helicopters and patrol deputies.
On Sunday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Department motorcycle team did a “slow search” along Interstate-80 looking for any signs of an accident. Shortly before dark, Garcia’s car was located down a steep hill near Weimar. Officials said the snowy and icy conditions prevented them from locating Garcia earlier. The California Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.